Officer Brent William Clearman

Officer Brent William Clearman

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Sunday, August 6, 2006

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Brent William Clearman

Officer Brent Clearman was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while investigating an accident on I-880, near the 66th Avenue on-ramp, in Oakland.

Officer Clearman suffered severe injuries when he was struck by the vehicle. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the following day.

The driver of the vehicle who struck him fled the scene. The man turned himself in on August 7th, 2006. He plead guilty to a felony hit-and-run charge on September 26th, 2006, and was sentenced to four years in prison.

A former member of the US Marine Corps, he was a veteran of the War on Terrorism, where he served as a sniper. He had served with the California Highway Patrol for 16 months.

The officer is survived by his wife, parents, and four sisters.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 1 year, 4 months
  • Badge 17843

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Saturday, August 5, 2006
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Plead guilty to felony hit-and-run

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Hi Mrs. Clearmam. Today's date is May 10th, 2019 and you don't know me, but my name is Leroy Polar. I live in Oakland California with my wife of almost 30 years and my three boys. We are originally from San Francisco but we moved to Oakland 20 years ago. I just wanted to let you know that I have been driving on the 880 freeway for a long time and every time I past your husbands name on that big green sign on the freeway I am always drawn to it. From the first time I saw it, there's a feeling that comes over me and I have to stare at it and acknowledge it for some reason. It also reminds me of the sacrifice that he made to protect me and the public and for that I am forever grateful to your husband. Every time I see that sign I wonder how you and your family are getting along, I could not imagine being without my wife and I won't even play like I understand what you must still be going through even though it's almost been 14 years. I have been wanting to reach out to you for years and today was the day to let you know that even though you don't know me I often think about you and your husband and I wonder how you are doing. Feel good knowing that your husband had a positive affect on a total stranger and that every time this stranger drives by your husbands name I acknowledge him and thank him for his service to me and our community. Continue to be strong and know that there are people that you don't even know that care about you and are praying for you and your family. You had a great husband and I just want to show gratitude to him and your family. My email address is [email protected] If you ever need anything me and my wife are here for you because we are all brothers and sisters in God's kingdom. God bless you and your family.

Leroy Polar. Total stranger.

May 10, 2019

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