Patrolman Charles K. Yates

Patrolman Charles K. Yates

Poland Township Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, March 30, 1984

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Charles K. Yates

Patrolman Yates suffered a fatal heart attack following repeated struggles with a combative female suspect he had arrested for drunk driving. He had arrested the woman following a short vehicle pursuit and struggled with her at the scene of the arrest. Another struggle ensued after arriving at the police station to administer a breath test. He collapsed immediately after the last struggle.

The woman was not charged in connection with his death.

Patrolman Yates had served with the agency for 6 years. He was survived by his wife and five children.

In December 2017, Route 224 in Mahoning County was renamed the Poland Township Police Officer Charles Yates Memorial Highway.


  • Age 59
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack


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