Patrolman Roy Lee Graham

Patrolman Roy Lee Graham

Sumpter Township Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, July 28, 1985

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Roy Lee Graham

Patrolman Roy Graham was killed when his patrol car was struck by a drunk driver on Sumpter Road in Van Buren Township.

A Van Buren Township police officer had stopped a vehicle for drunk driving. During the arrest, a second drunk driver struck the Van Buren officer's patrol car. At 2:00 am Sumpter Township officers responded to assist at the scene of this accident and while there, a third drunk driver struck the patrol car Patrolman Graham and his partner were in.

Both officers were transported to a local hospital where Patrolman Graham succumbed to his injuries. The drunk driver who struck Patrolman Graham was charged with drunk driving, causing an accident, and manslaughter.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Charged with manslaughter

accident scene, drunk driver

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Patrolman Graham,
On today, the 33rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Sumpter Township. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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July 28, 2018

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