Russell Pearce's Son, MCSO Deputy Sean Pearce, Clocked at 81 MPH, Seconds Before Fatal Crash

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MCSO Deputy Sean Pearce was clocked at 81 mph just seconds before a December 16 crash that killed Glendale resident John Edward Harding, 63.

Pearce was traveling north on North 59th Avenue a little after 1 p.m. in an unmarked black Chevy Tahoe when he collided with Harding's Nissan Cube, as it was turning south onto North 59th Avenue from West Hayward Avenue.

According to a report released Monday by the Glendale Police Department, the Tahoe's event data recorder (kind of a black box for automobiles) found the vehicle's maximum speed prior to the crash to be 81 mph.

Read the Glendale PD's report on the fatal, December 16 traffic accident.

Glendale PD spokesman Jay O'Neill said the 81 mph mark happened "within seconds of the actual impact."

The speed limit was posted at 40 mph. The Glendale PD's collision reconstruction estimated the Tahoe's speed "at impact" to be 48 to 53 mph.

The force of the crash was so great that both cars crossed several yards, across three or four lanes of traffic, ending up just off the road on the southbound side, where the Tahoe hit a sign on private property.

Pearce incurred only minor injuries. Harding was transported to a nearby hospital where he died. Harding left behind a wife and a son.

Though the Glendale PD's report does not have charging information, Jerry Cobb, spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, told me that "the submitted charge is manslaughter."

Cobb said the MCAO will review the case and make the final charging decision.

Pearce and another deputy driving behind him said they were helping a homicide detective track a suspect when the accident occurred.

The suspect was "on 67th Avenue and a couple of miles ahead of them," according to Pearce's interview with a Glendale police officer after the crash.


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tjrap555
tjrap555

Just another good o'l boy cop getting away with "murder". The apple doesn't fall far from the tree and unless the voting citizens of Arizona wake up, we'll continue to be embarrassed nationally, remain poor and uneducated.

thatguyyouknow
thatguyyouknow

I just watched the video on liveleak... there seems to be a truck traveling right behind the SUV in question that is going about the same speed.  Were they drag racing?

yohoho
yohoho

If the story about "paralleling the suspect" at 81 mph is true, what on earth was the suspect suspected of?

DNichols
DNichols

The only question is:

Criminal wrecklace driving, and manslaughter, or criminal wrecklace driving, and murder?!

Child Molester coddler Montgomery, and the Arizona GOP reward criminal activity though, right Daddy GOP President Election rigger Pearce.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

81 MPH in a Chevrolet Tahoe.


That means that the victim in this case had absolutely no chance, even while wearing a seatbelt. The speedometer's needle, assuming Pearce was traveling 81 MPH, would still have been almost halfway down the right side of the gauge. Even at 50 MPH, the speed at the time the accident occurred, the speedometer's needle would have been at the very top of the gauge. (This is to give people an idea of how fast Sean was actually traveling.)

Also factor in this idiot was driving a roughly 5000 pound full size SUV, going up against a Nissan Cube, a compact car barely 1/3 the size of the Tahoe and barely half the weight of the Tahoe.

I doubt MontyPug will actually do his job and charge Sean with anything (because he owes his job to the Fetid Fossil of MCSO and because twice-disgraced, corrupt, narcissistic and mentally sick Pearce, Sean's dad, runs the GOP in Arizona and will make sure MontyPug makes the case go away or MontyPug will never win another election to any city, county and state office.)

I do think Sean should be charged with at least murder 2. And a whole bunch of other crimes. MontyPug shouldn't let the fact Sean works for the Fetid Fossil (who basically got him the job as County Attorney for Maricopa County) and the fact that Sean's dad runs the GOP in Arizona influence his ability (or inability) to discharge his duties as one of the top law-enforcement officers for Maricopa County. But I suspect politics will play an important role in this decision. We shall see if I'm wrong.  

 

fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

Pearce deserves to be prosecuted to the fullest possible extent. Driving an unmarked vehicle not equipped for emergency driving means Pearce was driving the equivalent of a non-law enforcement vehicle; therefore, he should face criminal charges just as a non-LEO would for driving with reckless disregard for public safety.

jeanjb
jeanjb

these guys risk thier lives everyday, for life liberty and the freedom to persue happiness. and all these douchbags law enforcement can do is murder them on their way to work!

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Of course, going 81mph in a 40mph zone, in an urban setting, is completely consistent with departmental policy. Nothing will happen as a result of this reckless behavior on the part of Joe's favorite deputy. 

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Anybody want to bet our fearless POS count atty does NOTHING? 

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

I think this will show us what the county attorney is made of. If charges are filed I would expect MCSO to suspend, without pay, the guy. That won't happen, however. The Elderly Elected Fool will continue to pay him and put him someplace shuffling paper.....


A professional sheriff would already have taken action.


It shouldn't take a criminal traffic investigation result to prompt action by this sheriff. The old man continues to embarrass us.


I wish the media would ask MCSO, "What are the results of the internal affairs investigation into this matter?"

yohoho
yohoho

Arpaio will protect him. 

But the taxpayers will pay damages.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

81 FUCKING MILES AN HOUR!!!!!!


In an unmarked vehicle without any safety lights or sirens??? 


He should be charged with murder - this was negligence plain and simple from a trained 'professional' that should have known better than to be driving like that - that's what elevates it to murder, the deliberate negligence.


No matter what, this is something that once again, we the taxpayer will be paying for, since no matter what happens charges wise the family will sue MCSO as well and they will win, assuming it's not settled first for a cash payment.

DNichols
DNichols

Just another peice of garbage in the Pearce Klan/Ring that will once again evade Justice, right Russel, and Mrs. Cortes, Tea Party, GOP officials, Pearce Nieces, and Brother?!

Just a liuttle more corruption to cover Montgomery.

Then claim your West Point values?!  Puke.

Montgomery how is you BFF Chris Child Molester Simcox?

To: Justice in Az?

robert_graham
robert_graham

The next time you drive over the speed limit maybe you should be featured in an article too?

yohoho
yohoho

" The Glendale PD's collision reconstruction estimated the Tahoe's speed "at impact" to be 48 to 53 mph."

Professional Courtesy?

pfdcar547
pfdcar547

Following in the Pearce namesake of making good police officers look bad, one incident at a time. I'm sure he'll be welcome at AZ DPS.


POS.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

If only Russ would be his son's "jail house wife" in prison, the cosmos would be back into alignment...

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

No emergency lights. No siren. Traveling at least 81 mph in a posted 40 mph zone. Following a suspect that was being followed by other officers from another jurisdiction. Not directly involved in the case.


Cowboy.


What possibly could be wrong with this picture?


Mr. Montgomery needs to put aside his love for the party and do his job on this one. Let a jury decide.


Next, the local shurf will have another pet auction as a detractor.

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

Wonder will Pearce's fathers friends in right wing establishment sweep this crime under the rug?

Warrior-X
Warrior-X

And may the Harding family receive justice.

Pearce broke the law. Throw the book at him. And put him in pink.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

They better charge this asshole just like they would anyone else.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@DNichols  


wrecklace ? ... is that a lace you wear around your wreck?



DNichols
DNichols

@Masked Magician

Since Montgomery granted "Amnesty" through a posh plea deal to his border date Child molester Chris Simcox I can't stand to see Montgomery's  face any more.

That said I am sure Montgomery  will do nothing about this M.C.S.O. criminal driving, and manslaughter case.

Russell Pearce should be serving a couple of years in jail for his election rigging/manipulating along with Mrs. Cortes, Pearces two Nieces, his Brother, and the Tea Party, and GOP officials that all engauged in the "Sham"/ Felony attack on our American Electoral System.

Yet for Pearces Bigotry, and Criminal Election activity the Arizona GOP made him thier President?!

There is sure a stinch in Arizona's GOP Politics!

DNichols
DNichols

@jeanjb

This is a tragic incident, however this does not represent the vast Majority of responsible "Law Enforcement" that risk thier lives every day to protect "We the People" , and also abide by the Law.

Many M.C.S.O. Personell  seem to think they are above the law while Arpaio is the Reining King.

Warrior-X
Warrior-X

@TommyCollins I think it's only fair to say that everyone already knows what the cowardly County Attorney is made of. He's a spineless jellyfish, whose biased prosecution record reeks of racism and selective case by case prosecution. He'll only go after non-white criminals and women. Or political rivals, as well as those who threaten the Flaccid Failure.

Bnbk
Bnbk

@TommyCollins Just wondering Tommy, could it be that DPS has not released the results of the blood samples maybe because of a request from MCSO ? The way I see it if MCSO doesn't have the results from the blood samples they can avoid commenting on this matter claiming that it is still under investigation.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@Flyer9753 Based on what I've read so far I don't see that MCSO has any chance of not accepting total liability in this case. I fully expect the victim's wife is going to be 'rewarded' heavily for the loss of her husband. It's not likely the county will want this to go to a jury in a civil action. I wonder how much the deductible will be on a vehicle death case like this? Not sure if it applies to the $5 million deductible on the general liability policy for MCSO.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham  if we killed someone while doing it..............yes, yes we should. if we couldnt discern the difference between 35-40mph and 81mph when describing the conditions of the accident (and dont forget, police are supposed to be observant)...........yes, yes we should. here's a better question Robert........do you think they should run a feature on you since you arent smart enough to figure out what sex can and cannot have abortions??? (thought we didnt see that one didnt you?.........well we did twit, and you never answered us on that blog either)

david_saint01
david_saint01

@robert_graham  40 mph over the speed limit? lol id be in jail if I did that, as would most John Q taxpayers. But i dont speed. its redundant since most of the lights are timed for roughly 4 mph over the listed speed limits

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@robert_graham  

F-ing idiot, he killed someone with his speeding.

Your such a f-ing moron Jaffy.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@robert_graham  Sure, IF I am doing TWICE the legal limit in the CENTER LANE OF TRAFFIC I should have an article done on how FUCKING STUPID AND NEGLIGENT IT WAS

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@robert_graham  Seems you missed the fact this clown was illegally driving in the center lane and killed someone as a result.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@yohoho Maybe not. Depending on how soon the vehicle began braking there would be a reduction in actual speed prior to impact. The estimated 'impact' speed is just that, however. Nothing more than an estimate. Without knowing the knowledge and skills of the reconstructionist it's impossible to gauge how accurate the estimate might be. That said, however, I think it's probably too low....

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@pfdcar547 It's really too bad that active peace officers can't speak out against the atrocity of MCSO. It's the one agency in the state that has done so much damage to disparage the reputation of law enforcement. I feel badly for those fine professionals who have to work for the elderly sheriff.

Bnbk
Bnbk

@Cozz The crash happened on the 16th of December and they still don't have results from the blood test samples ? I wonder if they were testing a civilian would it take that long ? Hmmm.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@Bnbk @TommyCollins I think you're probably dead on. It may very well be that the results have been released but they intentionally will leave the investigation 'active' so they don't have to release the results. If nothing is found there is no reason to withhold the information. I find it odd that over three months after the crash the blood hasn't been tested.

Bnbk
Bnbk

@TommyCollins @yohoho The on-board computers are capable of monitoring and recording much more data than vehicle speed. They need to release data from the safety restraint systems and the anti-lock braking system among others so a informed opinion can be formulated.

Warrior-X
Warrior-X

@Bnbk @CozzThe MCSO is corrupt from head to toe. Lawlessness breeds in that department as long as the Flaccid Failure is in office. 


I hope the widow of Harding requests attorney Manning (?) for representation. That lawyer known as an arpaio nemesis.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@Bnbk

Probably conveniently lost knowing how the corrupt justice system works in this State.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@Bnbk Good point. I've never worked directly with the OBD data output so I don't know their actual information streams. It would be very interesting to see how much time elapsed in braking before the collision, if that is measured. I may have to do some research and see what I can come up with. In some cases it may be that an investigator doesn't want to ask the right questions to get the information needed. Or is told NOT to ask those questions, I suppose. I'm fairly sure those questions will be asked when a third party reconstruction is accomplished as part of the civil filing that will follow.


This actually reminds me a bit of when Louie Puroll was interviewed during the initial internal 'investigation' into the infamous Vekol Valley non-shooting where Louie grazed himself on the backside to make himself out to be some kind of hero (conjecture, perhaps). The 'investigator' prompted Louie with leading questions and all Louie had to do was bob his head in agreement. We won't know for a long time, I'm afraid.


david_saint01
david_saint01

@arizonaeagletarian @Lone_Wolf  that is him. Ironically, he never had taken up wrongful death suits until his friends, the Norbergs (of the Scott Norberg family) asked him to help them sue MCSO. Since then, he has made a career out of it! He is so good, the county litigation department cringes when they get lawsuits from him lol! (and i mean that seriously..dont ask how i know that though)

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@Cozz they want to suppress info that could establish someones innocence, but they just outright lose the stuff that could prove THEIR guilt

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