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CdA Crash Involving Cops Brings Suit

A former Coeur d'Alene police detective is seeking financial compensation from the police captain who rear-ended the detective while both officers were off duty, resulting in injuries that ended the detective's law enforcement career. Tracy L. Martin retired from the police department last Dec. 5 due to medical complications from the Feb. 1, 2011, accident on Kathleen Avenue near the police station.According to the complaint and an Idaho State Police accident investigation report, police Capt. Mike S. Calderwood rear-ended Martin around 5:20 p.m. as the two were leaving the police station after work. Martin, driving a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe owned by the police department, was at a stop waiting for traffic when Calderwood, who was distracted by his cell phone, hit the back end of Martin's car/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Photo from Coeur d'Alene Police Facebook page)

Question: Sounds to me as though this might be the poster-boy crash in the war against phoning and driving. If cops can't handle a cell phone call while driving, who really can? What do you think?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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