Distracted Driving Ends Idaho Detective’s Career

A police captain in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho was reported to have been distracted by his cellphone while he was driving and caused a rear-end crash to his fellow officer who suffered injuries that ended the latter’s law enforcement career.

The Associated Press reported that Coeur d’Alene police detective Tracy L. Martin, 48 years old, had an early retirement on Dec. 5 last year as he had suffered medical complications that resulted from the accident on Feb. 1, 2011 involving his police captain, Mike S. Calderwood.

Now retired, Martin filed suit against his captain in Idaho First District Court to seek compensation for his medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, suffering, past and future disability, past and future lost wages, and among other reasons.

In the lawsuit, Calderwood was said to have bumped the rear-end of Martin’s vehicle as they were leaving the police station. Martin halted on a stop to wait for traffic when Calderwood, reported to have been distracted by his cellphone, rear-ended the detective’s car.

According to the Idaho State Police investigation, at the time of impact, the police captain was only going around 30mph in a 35mph speed zone. Martin told the state troopers that he did not suffered immediate injuries during the crash, but his injuries persisted after the accident. The former detective’s complaint stated that he lost his career in law enforcement with the City of Coeur d’Alene and will not be able to seek any employment at this time due to the said incident. The complaint further stated that Martin “had to suffer from severe physical pain and suffering…”

Though the police captain was not cited after the collision incident, he admitted that he was indeed distracted by his mobile device. Calderwood was not reprimanded by the police department as the incident occurred when both officers where off-duty.