Full Moon Over Valley: Valley
Police Department, Spring 1991
You never know what you're going to come across...
is, with a few exceptions, the verbatim Supplemental Report that
was submitted along with the two traffic citations issued. While
we typically submitted a report along with all of our citations,
this one required a bit more documentation because the subject,
a very pretty, blond, blue eyed, young lady, was partially naked.
an officer comes across these instances, and they occur more often
than not, it was more than wise to make certain all your T’s
were crossed, and your I’s were dotted to help prevent any
complaints or false accusations of misconduct, particularly when
there are no other witnesses on your behalf! …And did I say
thank God for audio tape!
allow me to make a few comments about the style of how police reports
are written. Typically, reports are written in the “third
person” and the writer is referred to as “Reporting
Officer” or R/O for short. The individual is referred to as
“The Subject.” If more than one subject is involved,
it might say, “Subject Smith” or “Subject Doe”
to help keep the individuals straight.
very first paragraph of the report may seem trivial, but it’s
important. It gives a summary in very short order some very necessary
The time and date of the incident
- The Officer’s Assignment (Regular Patrol)
- What I was doing at the time.
- That the Officer was identifiable (In a Marked Patrol Car.)
- Location (Address)
- Venue or Jurisdiction (In the City of Valley)
- Weather, Road and Traffic Conditions
what are the few exceptions I’ve mentioned? The main exception
is that I’ve changed the name and identifying information
for the subject. I’ve also added my comments, which were not
part of the report within parentheses, and in italic text.
that the reader may wonder; The subject was charged with two traffic
violations. Since she was naked, why was she not charged with Public
Indecency, or Indecent Exposure?
Nebraska Law, Public Indecency is described as the “Public
display one’s genitals with the purpose to affront
or alarm another person.” So this excludes anyone, male
or female for being topless, and so long as no one is upset or alarmed
about it, (i.e. no one complains,) all the other areas
of the body are fair game. …And, as you may know, the supreme
courts have ruled that a “Police Officer’s peace cannot
be disturbed." So again, whether it’s loud music, or
a naked person, is no one else complains, there's no law I can cite
or arrest for.
on with the report!
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION REPORT
NUMBER: V91-074 DATE/TIME: 02:18, WED,
DOE, SHANNON J. DOB: NOV 19-73
ADDRESS: 12630 SOME STREET
CR, OMAHA, NEBRASKA 68114
REPORT BY: SCHULZE, RANDAL R. OFC2, V114 VALLEY PD
ADDRESS: VALLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT, VALLEY, NE 68064
CITATION: 666924, TRAFFIC
- CITATION: 666925, TRAFFIC
- CASE FILE V91-074
- CHIEF A. G. BRUMMET, V112
- DOUGLAS COUNTY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
about 2:18 AM, May 15, 1991, while on regular patrol in the marked
patrol car, Reporting Officer II, V114, Randal R. Schulze of the
Valley Police Department was in the parking lot of the Taylor Quick
Pik, located at 310 East US Highway 275, in the City of Valley,
Nebraska. At 67 degrees, the skies where cloudy with no wind. After
a recent thunder shower, the road surface was wet. Traffic was very
was actually about to get gas for the patrol car.)
time, R/O observed the westbound subject vehicle enter the City
of Valley at a rate of speed which was clearly in excess of the
posted 40 MPH speed limit. After the subject vehicle had passed,
R/O maneuvered the patrol car onto US-275, and stopped to obtain
a stationary radar clock. B-36 Doppler Radar indicated a speed of
66 MPH with the forward antenna in the stationary mode, while the
subject vehicle was in the East 200 Block of US-275. (B-36 Radar
checked by R/O for accuracy at 11:10 PM, May 14, 1991.)
my estimation, the car actually flew by me at 80 plus miles per
hour. By the time I was able to position the radar, I clocked the
vehicle at 66 miles per hour.)
began to pursue the subject vehicle, R/O observed the subject vehicle
at the intersection of Spruce Street to suddenly brake, then spin
in the intersection a full 180 degrees back to the east, so that
the subject vehicle was now facing R/O's westbound patrol car in
the westbound lanes. As R/O approached, the subject vehicle backed
around onto North Spruce Street, then turned and began to proceed
time, R/O had activated the red and blue rotating lights, as well
as the siren system to signal the subject to stop. The subject pulled
in to the lot of the Phillips 66 Service Station at 210 West US-275
contact with the driver, a white female, age 17. R/O requested an
Operator's License, Vehicle Registration, and Proof of Insurance.
The subject provided R/O with the Registration and an insurance
card, and offered R/O the vehicle title. The subject stated that
she could not locate her purse, which contained her Operator's License.
R/O detected a faint odor of alcohol beverage emitting from the
asked the subject what was the problem, which had caused her to
be driving in the manner which she had been observed. The subject
told R/O that she had been at a small party at Omaha, after which
she provided a ride home for a friend who resided in the area of
144th and 'Q' Streets. From there, the subject advises that she
became lost, was late getting home, and was out of fuel. The subject
added that she was supposed to be home at 12:30 AM. As far as spinning
out with the vehicle, the subject said that her brakes where bad.
yeah, sure, sure... This kid was a very, very long way from 144th
and Q Street. Additionally, if she was trying to get to Omaha, she
was going the wrong direction!)
looked at the interior of the subject vehicle, which is a Toyota
Celaca, Hatch Back. R/O observed that the back seats where folded
down in cargo fashion. Inside, R/O observed a number of items of
clothing, including women's undergarments. One item of clothing
was made of denim, and appeared to have possibly been a purse. R/O
pointed out this observation to the subject, that her purse might
be in the back, and that she might want to check. The subject got
out of the car, and bent over into the back seat area. At this time,
R/O observed that the subject's white shorts had the back side completely
ripped away, and that the subject was not wearing any under garment,
causing the entire buttocks to be virtually naked or exposed.
What we have here is essentially a young woman who is naked from
the waist down, bending over in front of me while she is looking
for her purse in the back of her car. From my point of view, with
the aid of a krypton flashlight, I was looking at her tonsils from
the opposite end of her body!)
subject came back out of the car, and told R/O that the item was
not her purse. R/O asked the subject if she had been attacked or
assaulted. The subject replied that she had not. R/O advised that
the question was asked, as it was observed that her clothing was
torn apart. The subject off handedly replied, "Ah that, (pointing
to her rear end,) that's been that way for a while." The subject
did not appear concerned that her back side was exposed.
me to emphasize "The subject did not appear concerned that"
she was naked from the waist down.)
the subject to stay in her car, and to look for her purse. Returning
to the patrol car, R/O requested via radio, a routine records check,
and requested the operator to make and entry on the log that the
female was partially unclothed. The results of the records check
indicated no wants or warrants. R/O prepared two citations: 1) Speeding,
66 MPH in a 40 MPH Zone, (666924,) and Careless Driving, (666925.)
the subject to submit to a preliminary breath test, and read to
the subject the Preliminary Breath Test Advisement, (Form A040887
6/88,) which is acknowledged by the subject's signature at 2:34
AM. The results of the test indicated that the subject had consumed
some alcohol beverage, but that she was not intoxicated.
the citations to the subject for her signature, explaining the options
and procedures she may follow to settle the citations. R/O asked
the subject if she desired that R/O have the dispatcher to contact
her mother, to let her mother know of her whereabouts, and that
she was alright. The subject agreed, and gave R/O her telephone
number. Communications soon advised that the telephone number was
busy. The subject told R/O that her mother often takes the telephone
off the hook while sleeping.
great candidate for Mother of the Year!)
to advise the subject the directions back to Omaha, so that she
could return home. The subject interrupted R/O, and pointed out
that her car was nearly out of fuel. R/O examined the fuel gage
of the subject vehicle and observed that the needle was firmly on
empty. R/O told the subject that the Taylor Quick Pik was open for
business nearby, and she could purchase fuel there. The subject
reminded R/O that her purse, (and other items,) where missing, and
apparently stolen from her car, and as such she had no money. The
subject stated her intent to drive as far as she could toward Omaha,
until she ran completely out of fuel, and then sleep in the car
at that location.
the subject if there was any other person whom she might be able
to telephone. The subject replied, no. R/O told the subject that
due to her young age, the time of night, and her present condition,
i.e. lack of clothing on her person, that R/O could not allow her
to simply spend the night in such a fashion.
this 17 year old kid is a minor, I am now to a degree, responsible
for her safety. If I can't get someone to take her home, or provide
reasonable means to get her safely home, I would be forced to take
her into custody.)
the subject and her vehicle to the Taylor Quick Pik, where R/O provided
to the subject, Two Dollars worth of gasoline at R/O's personal
expense. (Refer Personal Check Number 1179 to Taylor Quick Pik.)
While pumping the fuel for the subject, R/O pointed out to the subject
that there where other items of clothing in her vehicle, and recommended
that she go into the service station rest room, and put that clothing
on. The subject declined, stating that the other clothing was not
her own, and indicating that it was no big deal. With regard to
the alleged theft of the subject's purse from her vehicle, R/O advised
the subject to make contact with the Omaha Police Division, first
thing in the morning.
was much cheeper then. $2.00 worth of regular in a Toyota would
take her a long way. And what is with this kid? She's butt naked,
(no pun intended,) and she thinks it's no big deal?)
provided directions to I-680 at Omaha, and advised the subject that
R/O would escort her as far as NE-64/East to make sure she was headed
in the right direction. R/O cleared the incident with Communications
at or about 2:44 AM.
entire contact with the subject is recorded on audio cassette tape.
RANDAL R. SCHULZE
OFFICER II, V114,
report documented the known facts. What I was not able to include,
is what I think really happened.
partly on the rumors heard around town over the next week or so,
I was able to speculate on some of the events. I believe that the
subject met one of our local citizens at the party in Omaha who
was one of our frequent flyers. He had several outstanding misdemeanor
warrants for his arrest. He was likely “the friend”
she had been providing a ride to, and he probably also told her
he would put gas in her car. This would explain why she was heading
in the wrong direction to get to Omaha while low on fuel.
local citizen mentioned above, lived in Valley, and along with his
brother and father had been an irritation for the police since he
was about 14 years old. He was also a known womanizer. I speculate
that while they were on the road to Valley, the subject, and her
newly found boyfriend did not have any pants on at all. One of the
articles of clothing found in the back of the subject’s car
had been a pair of men’s blue jeans. These were the cloths
she had declined to put while she was at the convenience store.
they encountered the police car on the east side of the city, I
believe one or a combination of two things happened. A) In her haste
to put her shorts back on, she literally put her feet through the
seat of her pants, ripping them apart. While doing this she momentarily
lost control of her car, and it spun out. B) Her boyfriend forced
her to suddenly stop the car, and in so doing, she temporarily lost
control of the car. When the car spun out at the intersection of
US-275 and Spruce, and momentarily came to a halt, it’s believed
that this gentleman bailed out of the car and ran to avoid arrest.
I missed an opportunity to apprehend a wanted fugitive, I did enjoy
some humor in the thought of this dirt bag suffering the indignity
of trying to get to his home across town, while avoiding capture
by the police, in the middle of the night without any pants!
very surprised to learn that the subject had plead Not Guilty, and
the matter was scheduled for trial a few weeks later. My Prosecutor
was Bridget (Brochtrup) Erickson, and we appeared before then County
Judge, Mark Ashford.
Bridget reviewed my report, I thought her eyes were going to pop
out of her head. “You’ve GOT to be kidding!”
I also informed her of my speculations, which she agreed were not
only plausible, but likely. Before becoming our Prosecutor, Bridged
had worked on the juvenile side of the Criminal Justice System,
and she had some expertise on child protection issues and advocacy.
trial began quite normally. I was examined by Bridget in a very
routine manner, and the facts were stated by me as they pertained
to the offenses.
was represented by her Mother, who did not cross-examine me, but
preferred to address the Court instead. She told Judge Ashford that
she thought that while the facts of the offense may be true, the
Arresting Officer had exaggerated in his observations, and that
Careless Driving was too serious of an offense to have been charged.
The Judge asked, “What had been exaggerated?”
replied, “What do you mean?”
Ashford then asked, “Had your daughter been speeding? Did
her car spin out at the intersection of the highway? Did she tell
the officer that she had faulty brakes? Had she been drinking?”
agreed that all these issues were apparently true and accurate.
Judge Ashford then advised, “The charges of Speeding and Careless
Driving made by the Officer correctly fit the incidents, and in
actuality, the Officer provided some restraint and leniency in that
he could have cited your daughter for Reckless or perhaps Willful
Reckless Driving. Unless you can demonstrate that the Officer’s
observations were incorrect or false, I’m inclined to belive
that the charges fit the crime.”
Ashford asked if the State or the Defendant had anything more to
offer before finding the subject guilty as charged. With recognition
that until now, subject had a very clean driving record, the Judge
imposed a very lenient sentence of fines and costs.
told the Mother not to leave, and that she needed to talk to her
about the other issues regarding the incident. I suggested that
Bridget should ask Mom for my two dollars back!
came back to me later and told be the jest of the conversation with
Mom. Clearly, that fact that the subject was traveling about the
county without her pants on was discussed, but Bridget pounded on
the fact that Mom had taken her phone off the hook, so that the
police were unable to summon her to come to the aid of her minor
daughter was not only irresponsible, but a danger for the child!
Bridget didn’t say it, but I’m pretty sure she pointed
out that neglect charges might be in order. Bridget also told Mom
that her daughter was fortunate to have come across me specifically,
as I was known to her to be one of the most honest and ethical officers
in the State!
I never got by $2.00 back…
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