they can get away with it. Fortunately in this case, the physical
evidence proved them liars.
Another point, note that they use the victims failure of a field
sobriety test as one reason they cited teh victim for DUI. The victim
had just been hit by a cop driving 109 mph in a 45 zone and they give
him a field sobriety test!?!?! Gee, do you think he might have been
shaken up by the accident???? Clearly they were trying to assign
blame away from the cops by any and all means.
At least the only one killed was the stupid cop, the victim is just
badly banged up. But this criminal cop got a nice big community
funeral, aw, how nice.
DEADLY CRASH: Officer was driving 109
Flashing lights, siren were off, sheriff says
By LAWRENCE MOWER
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
An investigator works the scene of a May 7 crash on West Flamingo Road
that led to the death of police officer James Manor. On Wednesday,
Sheriff Doug Gillespie announced that Manor had been driving at a high
rate of speed without flashing lights or siren while responding to a
call. He called the speed "excessive and unsafe."
In the moments before officer James Manor plowed into a pickup
attempting a left turn, he was driving his patrol car 109 mph without
flashing lights or siren, Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie said
The speed was the equivalent of traveling the length of a football
field in about two seconds. It gave Manor little time to avoid hitting
Calvin Darling's truck May 7. At the time of impact, after braking and
trying to steer out of the way, Manor was still driving 90 mph.
Gillespie called Manor's speed in the 45-mph zone on Flamingo Road
"excessive and unsafe," even if his lights and siren had been on. The
facts of the accident probably will alter the charges Darling faces,
the sheriff said.
"The facts that we have I think certainly change the charges that are
there," a stern Gillespie said in an afternoon news conference. "We do
believe his speed was a significant factor in what took place in this
accident. So yes, we are looking at those original charges."
Darling, 45, was arrested for driving under the influence and failing
to yield to an emergency vehicle. Gillespie said he couldn't see
Darling facing the latter charge because Manor's lights and siren were
The crash, which resulted in the first death of an on-duty
Metropolitan Police Department officer since Henry Prendes was killed
in 2006, shook up the department and the community. Thousands attended
Manor's funeral Friday. In the days after the 28-year-old officer's
death, a stream of mourners paid their respects at the crash site.
The information about the lack of lights and siren on Manor's patrol
car reversed what Gillespie first said after the accident. The sheriff
initially was adamant that Manor and an officer in a second patrol car
were on their way to a call with lights and sirens on.
The investigation now shows that the second officer also was not
running lights or a siren, Gillespie said. The second officer's speed
has not been determined.
Gillespie said that when he addressed the media many hours after the
accident, he had been given incorrect information by first responders
to the crash. They said Manor and the second officer had their lights
and sirens on.
"They were there right after it, and they thought that that's what
they were told," the sheriff said. "And we didn't interview the
secondary officer right away because it was a very traumatic event."
The department will review and change how it collects and releases
information after fatal accidents involving officers, Gillespie said.
He said the department wasn't considering disciplinary action against
those officers who relayed the information.
The sheriff also maintained that Darling's arrest for driving under
the influence was valid. It wasn't yet known whether Darling was
indeed under the influence.
"He told the officers he had been drinking, and he failed a DUI field
test," Gillespie said.
A little over an hour after the accident, a *** test showed Darling
had a ***-*** level of 0.035, well below the legal limit of
0.08. A second test an hour later showed his level had dropped to
Clark County District Attorney David Roger declined to comment through
his secretary because his office had not yet received the case.
Darling's first court appearance is scheduled for June 8.
A statement from Darling's attorney, Sean Sullivan, read: "Thankfully
LVMPD came forth with the facts that substantiate my client's
statement of how the accident occurred."
One of Darling's close friends, neighbor Nick Perna, said Darling was
"physically beat up" from the accident and still recovering mentally.
"I'm happy to see that some honesty and truth are coming out, and
maybe my friend will stand a chance to get vindicated," Perna said.
"Unfortunately, two great guys met at a bad time, and that's just the
fact of life, unfortunately."
The crash investigation is continuing. So far, it has determined that
Manor was not wearing a seat belt, Gillespie said. He said he didn't
know whether the lack of a seat belt contributed to the young
officer's death. Manor was not ejected from the vehicle.
The facts of the accident have prompted Gillespie to form a committee
of executive staff members to evaluate the department's procedures and
training for officers when responding to calls.
He said the department had prepared a message to its officers about
the dangers of speeding.
"We will look at this case as an organization to see where we can
improve so our employees don't make the same tragic mistake," he said.
Investigators determined Manor's speed through electronics in the
vehicle and with separate calculations made by a fatal crash
investigator, Gillespie said. Detectives determined that his police
lights were off through an investigation of the bulbs.
Manor and the other officer were eastbound on Flamingo Road,
responding to a domestic *** call made by a 14-year-old girl.
At 12:48 a.m., Darling pulled in front of them in his lifted Chevrolet
Silverado pickup at Ravenwood Drive, near Tenaya Way. Manor couldn't
avoid the truck, and the two vehicles collided. Darling later told
police that he saw the patrol cars but thought he had enough time to
make the turn, according to the arrest report.
The mother of the 14-year-old told the Review-Journal that her
daughter had been struck by her father that night but that she had
fabricated other details of the incident. On the day of the accident,
police said the call was not a prank and the girl wouldn't face
Gillespie called Wednesday's news conference because he wanted to
provide answers to questions that had arisen in the days after the
crash. Several witnesses to the accident said they did not see any
lights or hear any sirens coming from the officers' vehicles.
"As your sheriff, it is extremely important to me that Metro continues
to have a reputation of integrity and transparency," Gillespie said.
"I promise you that as your sheriff, I will do everything I can to
maintain the public trust."
Review-Journal writer Brian Haynes contributed to this report. Contact