Police Officer Recorded By Trucker Taking Up Two Lanes On Interstate Issues Response

Cleveland, Ohio – Earlier this week a video shot by trucker Joe Gerhart went viral. On September 7th Gerhart was driving along Interstate 90 toward downtown Cleveland, Ohio, when he noticed a Cleveland police cruiser pull onto the interstate and begin taking up two lanes of traffic while traveling 10 miles-per-hour less than the posted speed limit. So, the trucker pulled out his phone and began recording what he saw. He told local Cleveland affiliate FOX 8, “I see people do kind of stupid stuff all the time, but I just don’t see why that was necessary for him to do that for no apparent reason. There was nothing in the road, there were no obstructions. He didn’t have his lights on so it was just like, ‘Wow, I can’t believe he’s really doing this,'” Gerhart said.

This continued for almost 4 miles according to Gerhart. “That’s kind of a dangerous thing to do to play around in traffic like that. The speed limit is 60 miles per hour. Everybody is doing at least 60 miles per hour and you just want to slow down traffic like that. That’s very dangerous. I mean, you could have got into an accident,” Gerhart said.

Well, now the police officer is responding to the backlash of criticism he has received. Cleveland Police Second District Commander Tom Stacho told FOX 8 he spoke with the patrolman, who said he was responding to a report he received of a one-car crash on I-90. He said he was actually trying to make the situation safer, not make matters more dangerous. He indicated he was attempting to slow traffic behind him.

We want to know what you think. Do you think what the police officer did was justified? Sound off in the comments below!

This video is shared courtesy of FOX 8.

Comment (3)

  1. It wouldn’t be the first time I have seen strange driving by police officers. The answer the officer gave is quite plausible. When reports of accidents are given to dispatchers, folks sometime call in and fail to share the exact location or what the extent of the accident being reported is. If there was an accident, maybe the drivers who were involved determined that it wasn’t worth the hassle to stick around. Seeing the video only gives one side to the story. Now the officer gave his side of the story. Unless one can come up with the radio transmissions and calls to dispatch, one will never know whether it was a fact or just a CYA given by his supervisors. I’m going with the idea it was a fact. Too many folks like to think the opposite of the officer’s explanation. But why would the officer’s superiors put their careers in jeopardy to cover for the officer?

  2. I’m almost positive that this cop was in fact carelessly on his phone. Here in Cali, cops driving while on the phone is common. Police expect the public they serve to look the other way, just because they’re cops!! Looks like this trucker did the right thing!

  3. You know damage well the officer is coming up with a damaged good excuse, and his assistant will be covered. If there was an accident ahead, i,d say his lights should have been on. I’d say his excuse was bullshit!!!

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