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Trooper injured in local crash

Monday, July 13, 2009

An Indiana State Police sergeant suffered several non-life threatening injuries in a car crash while responding to assist a Putnam County Deputy with a possible intoxicated driver.

At 2:53 p.m. Saturday, Sergeant Chip Sunier was west bound on US 40 just west of CR 675 East en route to assist the deputy when his vehicle began to hydroplane due to standing water on the roadway. Putnam County was receiving heavy rains at the time of the crash. Sunier lost control and the vehicle went off the north side of US 40 and struck several trees with the passenger side.

Sunier was initially transported to Hendricks County Hospital and later transferred to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. His injuries include two broken ribs, a punctured lung and a cracked pelvis; however he is expected to make a full recovery.

Sergeant Sunier, a 34-year veteran, is assigned to the Putnamville State Police Post and is the Morgan County Squad Sergeant.

Investigating Officers were Senior Trooper DuJuan McFadden, Sergeant Cory Robinson, Sergeant David Cox and Trooper Chris Harcourt, all of ISP.

Assisting Agencies were Putnam County Sheriff's Department, Operation Life and Fillmore Fire Department.


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Was he driving one of those cool Mustang cruisers?

-- Posted by Xgamer on Mon, Jul 13, 2009, at 5:33 AM

If this is the same officer who drove by our house that day (on a country road), he was flying down it way too fast for the weather conditions. We live close to the area where the accident occured.

-- Posted by fillmorechick on Mon, Jul 13, 2009, at 8:58 AM

Obvisiously you missed the part of the story that said he was "responding to assist a Putnam County Deputy with a possible intoxicated driver" huh fillmorechick, because if you had read that part you would have realized that he had a reason to be driving fast at the time he crashed. Whether he was driving on county roads earlier at a faster than appropriate speed is not even irrelevant here. You should be thankful that the guy wasn't killed in his accident. By the looks of the vehicle from the crash he is very lucky to be alive. We are very lucky to have these officers out here risking their lives on a daily basis for little or sometimes even(reserves don't get paid for thier time) no pay at all! Kudos to all emergency services departments on doing such a good job for Putnam County!

-- Posted by me me on Mon, Jul 13, 2009, at 11:49 AM

In feelmorechix defense, she made a simple valid statement and wasn't being critical. Sometimes officers do drive too fast.

Obviously, mini mi, you missed the part where the story stated that the officer WRECKED due to too much speed for the conditions.

And mi mi, you are agreeing with fillmore chick in your double-negative sentence,("not even irrelevent"). The laws of physics apply to everyone- even our beloved, well trained police officers.

-- Posted by Xgamer on Mon, Jul 13, 2009, at 1:13 PM

I think this is another dumb thing our officers do. Yes he was responding. For starters he is suppose to not endanger others or himself. It was not someone firing on an officer (I know it could have happened but not likely). Now how much will that crash cost the taxpayers??? I see these guy flying down the road ALL the time with no lights or sirens. Yes I have called in but you are telling on an officer to an office. It is useless. His injuries are going to cost all of us that actually pay taxes. Just more stupid thing they can do and get by with. Most of them are very rude and arrogant.

-- Posted by clovermaybe on Mon, Jul 13, 2009, at 3:12 PM

Well Mr. Citizen, I guess you have me figured out. I seem to fit neatly into the category you place me in. I'm stereotyped, characterized, standardized, classified, grouped, and always typical. I'm the "lousy cop." Unfortunately, the reverse isn't true. I can never figure you out.

From birth you teach your children that I am the bogeyman, and then you're shocked when they identify me with my traditional enemy, the criminal. You accuse me of coddling juveniles, until I catch your kid doing something. You may take an hour for lunch, and have several coffee breaks each day, but point me out as a loafer if you see me having just one cup.

You pride yourself on your polished manners, but think nothing of interrupting my meals at noon with your troubles. You raise hell about the guy who cuts you off in traffic, but let me catch you doing the same thing and I'm picking on you. You know all the traffic laws, but never got a single ticket you deserved. You shout "foul" if you observe me driving fast enroute to an emergency call, but literally raise hell if I take more than ten seconds responding to your call!!!

You call it "part of the job" if someone strikes me, but it's "police brutality" if I strike back. You wouldn't think of telling your dentist how to pull a badly decayed tooth, or your doctor how to take out your appendix, but you are always willing to give me a few pointers on law enforcement. You talk to me in a manner and use language that would assure a bloody nose from anyone else, but you expect me to stand and take it without batting an eye.

You cry, "Something has to be done about all the crime!" but you can't be bothered with getting involved.

You've got no use for me at all, but, of course, it's OK if I change a tire for your wife, or deliver your baby in the back seat of my patrol car on the way to the hospital, or save your son's life with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, or work many hours over-time to find your lost daughter.

So Mr. Citizen, you stand there on your soapbox and rant and rave about the way I do my job, calling me every name in the book, but never stop a minute to think that your property, your family, or maybe your life might depend on one thing, ME, or one if my buddies.

-- Posted by nascar_Couple on Mon, Jul 13, 2009, at 4:18 PM

Wow! Did I miss a post at sometime? What was that about? Was somone dissin' tha popo?

-- Posted by Xgamer on Mon, Jul 13, 2009, at 6:34 PM

Are officers required to stop at stop signs?

OR can they just ease on through? It seems to me they do not know how to stop, are they above the law? No, they are not, but it seems they think they can do this, and if someone else does this they will pull them over, maybe they just should just change the sign at Fillmore. Oh by the way this officer was not responding to a call "no lights or siren"

-- Posted by greenmachine on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 6:00 AM

To Fillmeup,gamehead,cloverdip and greenwhoknowswhat,

Unless you have been a police officer and have done the job that they do, lay off. As far as stop signs, i hardly ever see anyone, probably including you, stop for a stop sign completely. You people have no idea what is going on when you see cops going fast, not stopping completely or anything else so get off you high horses an get a life. As far as taxpayers money, worry about the all the dirtballs in prison that have molested, killed or raped an innocent victim. These are the ones we are wasting our tax dollars on. Thank God we have these great men and women to lock them up so they can't do any more of those things to you or your families. Quit sweating the small stuff and be thankful we have someone to do this dirty thankless job, because i am sure you wouldn't step up to the plate to do it. I am glad the police officer is going to be ok, just another person doing their job.

-- Posted by magoo55 on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 8:04 AM

You go nascar_couple tellem' what you really think.

-- Posted by dcsaiht on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 9:46 AM

I think most of our boys in blue or brown do a fine job, my only complaint, is when they have their family in the cop car with them and drive out of county, sometimes out of state while using our taxpaying money gas!!!!!

-- Posted by senior'08 on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 10:24 AM

I get tired of hearing people complain about officers "wasting our taxes on gas for personal use." A take-home vehicle is part of their compensation package, just like healthcare, vacation, sick time, etc., and they make less salary as a result. We would have to pay these officers more money if we took away any part of their compensation package, including the take home cars. These officers are not compensated nearly enough for the job they are expected to do. I would bet those of you complaining the most couldn't or wouldn't do the job at any price!

And Nascar_Couple is dead on with his/her comments!

-- Posted by VolunteerFF on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 5:59 PM

WHATEVER I HAVE A TAKE HOME VEHICLE AND WHEN I GET HOME THAT IS WHERE IT STAYS I PUT MY OWN MONEY IN MY OWN CAR WHEN I GO OUT OF TOWN, THAT IS BULL---- THAT THEY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE VEHICLE PUTTING ON TONS OF EXTRA MILES AND WEAR AND TEAR ON THE CARS, DRIVE IN THE COUNTY NOT OUT OF TOWN OR STATE!!!!!!!

-- Posted by senior'08 on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 6:56 AM

I suppose senior'08 doesn't take vacation pay or health insurance either? How noble of you to not use the compensation you have earned!

-- Posted by VolunteerFF on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 7:14 AM

whatever FF you must be a reserve or something, earned is not always the case. 20 years on the force is earned not 1 of 2 years sorry but some of these cops do take of advantage of things, I know some of them that brag about it, so if I want to complain about that I will, I know it will not make a difference I was just giving my opinion

-- Posted by senior'08 on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 8:57 AM

Sooo, anyway, how is the Trooper from this story? I hope he is recovering OK. I still wonder if he was driving one of those Mustangs.

-- Posted by Xgamer on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 11:41 AM

Well you say that law enforcement shouldn't be allowed to take home thier vehicles or drive them out of the county, but if any emergency personel passes a situation in which they can assist they are ethically required to stop and help in any way they are needed. So yeah there is a downside to them taking home cars(the abuse of driving it everywhere instead of using thier personal vehicle), but there is also an upside to it. If you were the one needing assistance wouldn't you rather the person be in a vehicle that has the equipment needed to assist you and keep you safe rather than his/her personal vehicle? Just a thought for Senior 08 to ponder!

-- Posted by me me on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 5:46 PM

To nascar_Couple:

I don't know whether or not you are involved in law enforcement. I am assuming so, but don't know. I am not, and none of my relatives are.

However, I wanted to let you know this: I read comments on here all the time, and yours was the single greatest post I have ever seen on here. Thanks for pointing out the tragic hilarity of the hypocrisy of so many citizens--at least many who throw their opinions out in these forums.

-- Posted by cloverfan on Thu, Jul 16, 2009, at 7:41 AM

To nascar_couple:

Deep and true. Thank you for that eye opening statement.

-- Posted by mad-mom on Thu, Jul 16, 2009, at 8:18 AM

I am a wife of an officer - be very thankful that these officers are in their vehicles off duty - DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MANY TIMES MY HUSBAND has been called away from our family and children b/c someone has called for HELP when he is not on Duty!?

I have yet to go anywhere with my husband without someone stopping us b/c they have a question or have a concern and need help -- he always takes the time to help each person that stops him.

I knew what I was getting into when I married an officer and I'm proud that he is always willing to help others!

SO the next time we are driving in his car with our family, off duty, on our own time and we come up on your son/daughter broke down on the side of the road... be very thankful we are going to be the ones that stop and take the time to help them out - IT MAY SAVE THEIR LIFE!

-- Posted by smartmom on Thu, Jul 16, 2009, at 3:09 PM

Nascar-pair, that was a nice poem. Directly from police poems .com. You can still take credit for it since it was by an unknown author.

The people who gripe the most about policemen are usually ones who feel picked on or have had terrible luck in the past. They are a SMALL percentage of the citizens that the police protect.

Any properly trained professional policeman should be aware of this small group of people who gripe, and be able to tolerate them.

Any cops or firefighters who read these blogs and blast back at these whiners are lowering their professional standards. The glory hunters seem to get offended the easiest, the pros shrug it off.

maggoo55, that's funny how you change usernames into funny ones! Where did you get that idea from?

-- Posted by Xgamer on Thu, Jul 16, 2009, at 7:08 PM

I THINK MOST OF YOU PEOPLE ARE STUPID TO MAKE SUCH RUDE COMMENTS LIKE THESE...

ALL OF OUR POLICE,FIRE,VOLUNTEERS ARE ALL UNDER

PAID FOR WHAT THEY DO ON A DAILY BASES....

THEY WEAR A UNIFORM TO PROTECT ALL OF US AND THE CARS THEY DRIVE ARE PART OF THEIR UNIFORM AND THEY SHOULD DRIVE THEM EVERY WHERE THEY GO.....

ITS THE LEAST WE ALL CAN DO AS TAX PAYERS IS LOOK OUT FOR THEM AS THEY DO FOR ALL OF US.....

STOP COMPLAINING AND DO SOMETHING WITH YOUR OWN LIFE......

JOIN THE FORCE....

-- Posted by takeastand on Fri, Jul 17, 2009, at 9:33 AM

GOD BLESS THIS OFFICER,

I HOPE YOU GET WELL SOON....

-- Posted by takeastand on Fri, Jul 17, 2009, at 9:35 AM

Well I guess my opinion/statement made all mad.

Yes I do know people very closely that are officers. I use to call them friends. But they are brass enough to talk about the horrible way the treat people that they arrest as long as it isn't on camera. Like tripping, stepping on hands and bla bla bla. Yes people do things wrong but if you don't like your JOB well enough or don't get paid enough to deal with it then get another job.

Yes criminal cost the taxpayer TONS of money so we don't need the supposed good guys adding to the bill. Wrecking cars or wasting mileage etc. My husband use to get to drive a company truck but only to and from work as a perk. NOT for any thing he wanted. We live pay check to pay check too.

As far as someone stopping in a car with all the gear that would be great. But I can tell you if he hit and kill someone kid (or anyone else for that matter) there would be A LOT more comments on here and a lot worse.

All I am asking for is if you take the job treat people the way you would to be treated. be ready to take crap from people. It come with the job. Officers should have broad shoulders. Just like teachers should be their to teach. Not like the one that told me face to face she did care if her class learned anything as long as she got her pay check.

I to hope he is all right. I care for all God's creations. But people have to be responsible for there actions.

-- Posted by clovermaybe on Fri, Jul 17, 2009, at 10:50 PM

The Poem nascar_Couple quoted is called:

"Yes Me the Lousy Cop"

*Author Unknown

-- Posted by Cosmitron on Mon, Jul 20, 2009, at 9:18 AM

Its as simple as this. For all of you nay sayers or people that are against public servants. The next time you have a emergency or need help don't dial 911 or ask for help . Look in the mirror and deal with it.

-- Posted by Big Daddy 43 on Mon, Jul 20, 2009, at 10:23 PM

Amen Big Daddy 43

As for clovermaybe....I'm sorry your life is so miserable that you have to bring others down with you....

-- Posted by smartmom on Wed, Jul 22, 2009, at 7:09 AM

To Smartmom, so true, I do appreciate what your husband does. The one thing I have a hard time with as a taxpayer, is what if something happened to you and your family when you are riding with your husband, off duty, with your family on your own time? Do you have a separate insurance policy that would cover anyone other than your police officer husband? Or would I as a taxpayer have to foot the bill?

-- Posted by whodouthinkur on Wed, Jul 22, 2009, at 9:08 AM


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