Officer John Bailey

Officer John Bailey

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Saturday, February 25, 2006

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John Bailey

Officer John Bailey was struck and killed by a drunk driver while conducting a traffic stop on I-15 in Hesperia.

He had approached the stopped vehicle on the passenger side to speak with the driver. As he did so, another vehicle traveled onto the shoulder at a high rate of speed and struck Officer Bailey's motorcycle, the stopped vehicle, and the officer.

The vehicle struck with such force that the stopped vehicle was pushed back into the freeway and overturned. All three parties were flown to a local hospital where Officer Bailey succumbed to his injuries. The suspected drunk driver was taken into custody at the hospital and charged with felony driving under the influence. On July 27th, 2007, he plead guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter and agreed to receive the maximum sentence, 10 years in state prison.

Officer Bailey was a veteran of the United States Army and the California National Guard and had just returned from serving a tour of duty in Iraq during the War on Terrorism. He had served with the California Highway Patrol for 11 years, and was assigned to the Rancho Cucamonga office. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, two sons, parents, and sister.

Bio

  • Age 36
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 14664
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 10 years

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John old buddy, was thinking of you today and wanted to share a memory.
I remember one hair raising night 21 yrs ago while riding graveyards with you; we were headed north I-15 south of Mountain Pass. It was snowing and the freeway was icy. In the Southbound I-15 lanes there was a semi that had slid sideways blocking both lanes of traffic. We grabbed our coats and flashlights and ran down the embankment of the center medium to get to the semi on the other side to see what in the world we could do to clear the freeway. As we were approaching the semi, over the hill comes headlights; and they weren't slowing down. We started waving our flashlights trying to get their attention. About 100yds away the car noticed the blacked out semi and slammed on it's brakes (on ice)... How it never slid off the road is a miracle because it made 2 or 3 rotations before coming to a stop about 3 feet from the semi. The car was loaded with 4 young college kids coming back from Las Vegas.
As we were approaching the car we saw headlights coming over the hill again..... This time it was another semi. By the time we got the young, screaming and terrified occupant's to exit the car and run up the embankment to safety the semi was already sliding sideways and headed to sandwich us all.... We all scattered like ants.....
We thought the vehicles would never stop coming over the hill and losing control on the black ice!! At least 15 or 20 total vehicles lost control before the Mountain Pass Officers were able to close all traffic for southbound I-15....
In-betweenn getting Passengers to safety we both had ran for our lives several times that night as well.... Miraculously no one was injured that night.
Through it all, we were slipping, sliding & busting our humps, I remember how you never stopped smiling John.
Miss your company brother.

Pat
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March 22, 2021

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