More Faux Outrage - Felony Traffic Stop Involving Stolen Vehicle


There is a post circulating on social media that misrepresents the facts of a recent felony traffic stop of an occupied stolen vehicle.

On Thursday at 4:52 p.m., a Tampa police officer was traveling southbound on N 40th St approaching Hanna Ave when he observed a 2020 black Nissan Altima with two occupants. A check of the tag revealed the vehicle was reported stolen out of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. The officer conducted a felony traffic stop on the stolen vehicle and awaited backup prior to approaching the car, all while calmly explaining each step to the occupants.

When backup officers arrived, they approached the car. The driver and the passenger were both taken into custody without incident.

The driver had reportedly just arrived home on leave from the US Army and borrowed the car from an acquaintance. The driver and passenger were both cooperative. Upon completing the investigation, the driver and passenger were released and appeared to understand the explanation provided by the officers. The stolen vehicle was impounded. The occupants were not charged.

At no time was the driver ever “smashed into the car”, nor was “a gun pointed to (the driver's) head”, regardless of the false narrative presented on social media. Traffic stops are one of the most dangerous events an officer can conduct in the line of duty. Performing a traffic stop on a stolen vehicle only increases the potential for danger to an officer. There is no way to know who is in the stolen vehicle at the time of the stop, or what their intentions may be.

In this case, the officer followed textbook procedures for a felony traffic stop of an occupied stolen vehicle; remaining calm but cautious, while providing clear information to the occupants of what was happening and what was expected as backup officers arrived.



By: planestrainsautomobiles (8936.64)

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