Police Officer David Smith Payne

Police Officer David Smith Payne

Chandler Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Friday, October 31, 2014

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David Smith Payne

Police Officer David Payne was killed when his police motorcycle was struck by a drunk driver at the intersection of Chandler Boulevard and Pennington Drive.

He was stopped at a red light at 12:40 am when the drunk driver rear-ended his motorcycle and then fled the scene. The collision occurred at the same intersection at which Officer Robert Nielsen was killed in the line of duty on June 12th, 2002.

The driver was arrested a short time later and was charged with second-degree murder, aggravated DUI, and six other counts. On December 4, 2015, the driver was sentenced to 14 years in prison plus seven years probation.

Officer Payne was a member of the Arizona National Guard and had served with the Chandler Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his child.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 574
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 14 years

DUI, motorcycle

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Can’t believe it’s been 5 years Dave. Still remember you like it was yesterday on patrol teams together working graveyards and then you making it to the DUI squad. Your memorial sign in the motor office still hangs with pride. All of us have been blessed to have worked with you and your tenacity was second to none for DUI enforcement.

I still ride by Chandler & Pennington and think about that night. I can only hope I am carrying on the motor tradition as well as you did Dave. God bless you and your family on this 5 year anniversary.

Ofc J. Logan T643
Chandler Police Department

October 31, 2019

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