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Jonesborough, TN

#1 Jan 17, 2011
Tried to get this printed in the Bristol paper and also the Smyth County News. For some reason they did not want to print it. On Wednesday Jan. 5 20ll my friends husband Gene Cruey had left home to go to the store. He said he would be right back, but his wife started to get worried because he had been gone for over and hour or longer. She sent her son Travis out to look for him and there was no reason for them to believe that he was in Saltville. Her son arrived back home and said he could not find him anywhere. Travis had been home about 5 mins and Mrs. Cruey got a phone call from Officer Brickey and said they were taking him to the hospital in Smyth County. He ask if he had any medical conditions and she said yes. This is where the story bigins. Officer Brickey pulled him over for radically driving and said that he had been drinking and he told him he did not think so. That was the last thing he said he remembered. He has not drank anything for along time. They let him go and he drove down the well fields, duck ponds or what ever you call that over there and ran off into a field. He was going into seizure mode at that time. Why would they let someone go knowing that there was something wrong with him? They were also told a unmarked car was behind Brickey and it was Fireball and Steve Suber. There was someone on the parking lot at the time that seen this, but we don't know if that is true or not. Mr. Brickey has no right to call there home for the fact that he was the one who arrested Mr. Crueys wife in 2007 for trespassing at the Police Station and disorderly conduct in 2007. They should have sent a State Police or Washington County officer to her home or let one of them call. Mr. Brickey told her that her husband was unresponsive and when she got to the hospital he was talking to her and remembered that a officer had pulled him over. The reason why she did not go to Saltville because she was afraid they would get her for something because she had to sign a paper that she had to have permission before she could come back to the Town Hall. She has the papers that she had to sign. She went there that day for concern for her son. Now this happened with her husband and could not even find out what happen over there that day. They transferred him from Smyth County to Holston Valley in Kingsport, Tenn. Thank God that he did not get hurt and know one got killed. Officer Brickey is very unprofessional and should have handled this matter in a better manner. She is not happy with this situation because this could have caused his life or someone else. There have been to many incidents with this Officer and I don't understand why a Town would want to keep someone that is not professional with his job.
Honest

Jonesborough, TN

#2 Jan 17, 2011
I am thankful that I don't live in Saltville. I have heard nothing but bad things about the ex Police Chief Surber, Brickey and all the other officers.If he was driving so bad that they pulled him over and thought he was drinking, why would they just let him go. He could have been killed or killed someone else.If they thought he was drinking they should have tested him. If they had taken the time to do what was right, they would have probably realized something was wrong when they found him not to be drinking. He might not have wrecked and could have gotten the medical help he needed sooner. If I was a citizen of Saltville I would want to know why an officer that pulled someone over for erratic driving would just turn them loose to harm themself or others.

Since: Aug 10

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#3 Jan 17, 2011
Honest wrote:
I am thankful that I don't live in Saltville. I have heard nothing but bad things about the ex Police Chief Surber, Brickey and all the other officers.If he was driving so bad that they pulled him over and thought he was drinking, why would they just let him go. He could have been killed or killed someone else.If they thought he was drinking they should have tested him. If they had taken the time to do what was right, they would have probably realized something was wrong when they found him not to be drinking. He might not have wrecked and could have gotten the medical help he needed sooner. If I was a citizen of Saltville I would want to know why an officer that pulled someone over for erratic driving would just turn them loose to harm themself or others.
This is probably half the story. The driver said he only remembers being pulled over. He could have had a breath test and not remembered. He could have had a good excuse for why his driving was questioned. I hope Officer Brickey at least questioned the man to assertain if he was having a medical problem and if the driver answered in a way that led officer Brickey to believe the driver was fine, then he did his job. What happenes after that is out of the hands of any officer.
honest

Jonesborough, TN

#4 Jan 17, 2011
a hypocrit wrote:
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This is probably half the story. The driver said he only remembers being pulled over. He could have had a breath test and not remembered. He could have had a good excuse for why his driving was questioned. I hope Officer Brickey at least questioned the man to assertain if he was having a medical problem and if the driver answered in a way that led officer Brickey to believe the driver was fine, then he did his job. What happenes after that is out of the hands of any officer.
It is my understanding that someone saw him get pulled over and said he was not ask to get out of the truck. He was not given any test of any kind. It is also well known in Saltville that this man had already suffered a stroke, a seizure, and his aorta split all the way down. If he was driving bad enough to draw attention to himself and get pulled over, I still think the officer should have tried to find out why he was driving in such a manner before he let him go.
wondering

Hermitage, TN

#5 Jan 17, 2011
Why would he let the man go knowing he was 'drinking'? He would've called someone to come get him or something. No one knows what really happened except for God and the people involved. And I'm sure you weren't involved; you're just a friend of the family. You also said that the man remembered being pulled over, but you didn't mention anything else. How do you know he had a seizure? It's not the officer's fault that the man wrecked. Like "a hypocrit" said: he could have had a breath test and not remembered. No one really knows the real story. If the man was 'drinking' and had a test done; then it must have been negative for the officer to let him go. After that; it's out of their hands. In my opinion; he is one of the few town officer's that actually do their job right. He patrols to make sure everything is safe around the town that we live in. He pulls people over that are breaking the law (speed limit, not stopping at light, etc.) People want to complain about the police, but what if the ones who complain so much need some help one day? Who's going to come help you? THE POLICE. I don't agree with some of the laws, but who does? We're all human and we all make mistakes, but that doesn't mean that we have to complain about the ones who are supposed to be protecting us. So before you go complaining about the police, think about who you're going to call when someone is trying to break into your house or if someone wrecks. They are human too; don't hate them because of their job. It's what they chose to do in their life.

Sorry about getting carried away on this topic. Just my opinion on the matter.
wondering

Hermitage, TN

#6 Jan 17, 2011
honest wrote:
<quoted text> It is my understanding that someone saw him get pulled over and said he was not ask to get out of the truck. He was not given any test of any kind. It is also well known in Saltville that this man had already suffered a stroke, a seizure, and his aorta split all the way down. If he was driving bad enough to draw attention to himself and get pulled over, I still think the officer should have tried to find out why he was driving in such a manner before he let him go.
I didn't see this post until after I posted mine. Now, I don't know the man or his family so I don't know of his health history. I was just replying to the other comments the way I felt about the situation.

Since: Aug 10

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#7 Jan 18, 2011
honest wrote:
<quoted text> It is my understanding that someone saw him get pulled over and said he was not ask to get out of the truck. He was not given any test of any kind. It is also well known in Saltville that this man had already suffered a stroke, a seizure, and his aorta split all the way down. If he was driving bad enough to draw attention to himself and get pulled over, I still think the officer should have tried to find out why he was driving in such a manner before he let him go.
I'm sure officer Brickey tried to find out why his driving was in question and if Brickey was happy with the answer then their is not much left to do. If the driver did need medical attention, but refused I'm not sure what the officer could have done. He can't force him! Any one have any insight on that?
Hmmm

Keswick, VA

#8 Jan 18, 2011
Methinks there is something foul in the telling of this story. In the original post, the story plays out that the guy drives across the ball field and is stopped by the police for suspicion of driving under the influence. The driver ends up being transported to the hospital after the police determine it is a medical emergency not dwi. The investigating officer - probably the only one on duty - calls the wife to see if there is a medical history that would cause such behavior and tells her that her husband was very ill and was tranported to the hospital.

Sounds like what I would want to happen, and that somebody has a major chip on their shoulder with the saltville pd. Why would they call a deputy or state trooper in to call the wife to tell her the husband was sick? Come on - no wonder no respectable news outlet would provide her ink!
honest

Jonesborough, TN

#9 Jan 18, 2011
Hmmm wrote:
Methinks there is something foul in the telling of this story. In the original post, the story plays out that the guy drives across the ball field and is stopped by the police for suspicion of driving under the influence. The driver ends up being transported to the hospital after the police determine it is a medical emergency not dwi. The investigating officer - probably the only one on duty - calls the wife to see if there is a medical history that would cause such behavior and tells her that her husband was very ill and was tranported to the hospital.
Sounds like what I would want to happen, and that somebody has a major chip on their shoulder with the saltville pd. Why would they call a deputy or state trooper in to call the wife to tell her the husband was sick? Come on - no wonder no respectable news outlet would provide her ink!
The man was just let go and had a wreck a few minutes later. The officer didn't determine it was medical or anything else. He just let him go. That is the main point. After pulling him over for erratic driving, he never tried to find out why he was driving that way.
bystander

Paducah, KY

#10 Jan 18, 2011
I'm sorry about your husband.But, I would say Randall saw his strange driving and just thought he was giving him a break after determining that he wasn't drinking by not ticketing him for improper driving or something.Cops aren't doctors and maybe the man exhibited no signs of a medical emergency while Randall was talking to him.I'm sure Randall would have helped him,he used to volunteer at the Rescue Squad years ago.I hope your husband is okay and I'm sure Randall does also.He wouldn't deliberately do anything to endanger someone.I'm not kissing his butt because I don't get along with him myself.But I know him.
bystander

Paducah, KY

#11 Jan 18, 2011
wondering wrote:
Why would he let the man go knowing he was 'drinking'? He would've called someone to come get him or something. No one knows what really happened except for God and the people involved. And I'm sure you weren't involved; you're just a friend of the family. You also said that the man remembered being pulled over, but you didn't mention anything else. How do you know he had a seizure? It's not the officer's fault that the man wrecked. Like "a hypocrit" said: he could have had a breath test and not remembered. No one really knows the real story. If the man was 'drinking' and had a test done; then it must have been negative for the officer to let him go. After that; it's out of their hands. In my opinion; he is one of the few town officer's that actually do their job right. He patrols to make sure everything is safe around the town that we live in. He pulls people over that are breaking the law (speed limit, not stopping at light, etc.) People want to complain about the police, but what if the ones who complain so much need some help one day? Who's going to come help you? THE POLICE. I don't agree with some of the laws, but who does? We're all human and we all make mistakes, but that doesn't mean that we have to complain about the ones who are supposed to be protecting us. So before you go complaining about the police, think about who you're going to call when someone is trying to break into your house or if someone wrecks. They are human too; don't hate them because of their job. It's what they chose to do in their life.
Sorry about getting carried away on this topic. Just my opinion on the matter.
Brickey doesn't let drunk drivers go-he does his job
R--F Glade

Charlottesville, VA

#12 Jan 18, 2011
Randall is an O K person! everyone makes mistakes, I read the post and sounds to me the person was being checked out at the hospitol. Where do you people get this; It came strait from the mans' wifes' statement that Randall called her and discussed her husbans situation.( Matter Closed!!)
R--F Glade

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Jan 18, 2011
I use to live in that town and what i've been reading, it sounds like some of you have some terrible isue and anger problems. Hey I think you people better settle down or I promise you, you will see another CIVAL WAR IN THAT TOWN ! Have a good day and good luck!
conscience4you

Nashville, TN

#14 Jan 18, 2011
honest wrote:
<quoted text> It is my understanding that someone saw him get pulled over and said he was not ask to get out of the truck. He was not given any test of any kind. It is also well known in Saltville that this man had already suffered a stroke, a seizure, and his aorta split all the way down. If he was driving bad enough to draw attention to himself and get pulled over, I still think the officer should have tried to find out why he was driving in such a manner before he let him go.
if this man has all the medical condition's you have post here he shouldn't be driving at all,and his wife or someone else need's to drive him whereever he goes,it's a danger to every other driver on the road he could have an attack at anytime,not very responsible of his wife to let him behind the wheel of a vehicle knowing this could happen and endanger other citizen's.
honest

Jonesborough, TN

#15 Jan 18, 2011
conscience4you wrote:
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if this man has all the medical condition's you have post here he shouldn't be driving at all,and his wife or someone else need's to drive him whereever he goes,it's a danger to every other driver on the road he could have an attack at anytime,not very responsible of his wife to let him behind the wheel of a vehicle knowing this could happen and endanger other citizen's.
He was under a doctors care. The Dr. never said he could not drive. There was no way to know he would ever have another seizure. The Dr. thought he had cleared up the problem that caused the other seizure and the stroke. Is She supposed to know more than the Dr.? Knowing people as I do there is no way she could have kept him from driving anyway.

Since: Aug 10

Location hidden

#16 Jan 18, 2011
Two words:

Medic Alert. They give a sticker for your car and you can buy a necklace, bracelet or even an ID to put on your shoelaces.

Quick call to a 800 # and all questions are answered concerning medical conditions.

http://www.medicalert.org/ if you have a medical condition you should join. It saves lives.
need i say more

United States

#17 Jan 18, 2011
honest wrote:
<quoted text> He was under a doctors care. The Dr. never said he could not drive. There was no way to know he would ever have another seizure. The Dr. thought he had cleared up the problem that caused the other seizure and the stroke. Is She supposed to know more than the Dr.? Knowing people as I do there is no way she could have kept him from driving anyway.
If he has a history of seizure(s) and stroke(s) why was he driving in the frist place . Correct me if i am wrong but once you have a stroke or seizure your DL gets pulled from the state hence you can't drive till you pass a drivers exam agan.
honest

Jonesborough, TN

#18 Jan 18, 2011
Never happened. Even if they had taken it, he would have had no problem passing the driving exam again.
honest

Jonesborough, TN

#19 Jan 18, 2011
Herbert West wrote:
Two words:
Medic Alert. They give a sticker for your car and you can buy a necklace, bracelet or even an ID to put on your shoelaces.
Quick call to a 800 # and all questions are answered concerning medical conditions.
http://www.medicalert.org/ if you have a medical condition you should join. It saves lives.
Thanks for the good advice. I have some medical problems myself. Will check into it.
need i say more

United States

#20 Jan 18, 2011
This may explain more
Also tells on that site how long you need to be seizure free
If he had his licence i dunno, just speculating like most of us are.
http://dmvanswers.com/questions/1179/How-long...

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