Chattanooga Officer Suspended Over Arrest of Husband Rushing Wife To Emergency Room

Chattanooga police officer Jim Daves has been suspended in the controversy over his arrest of Eric Wright, the husband who ran red lights to get his critically ill wife to the emergency room. As we discussed earlier, Daves allegedly blocked Wright from carrying in his wife to the ER and later charged him with a variety of criminal acts, including evading arrest for staying by his wife’s side.

Aline Wright is a cancer survivor and amputee who suffered a stroke days after the couple was married.

Daves charged the husband with traffic violations, disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment, evading arrest and assault on an officer. The assault charge was based on the fact that Daves said Wright scraped his arm with a fingernail. We have previously seen assault charges brought against citizens in abusive arrest cases, including for flatulence. We have also seen cases where distraught family members are charged for trying to help their loved one.

The criminal charges resulted in Wright being suspended from his job.

Source: ABC.

29 thoughts on “Chattanooga Officer Suspended Over Arrest of Husband Rushing Wife To Emergency Room”

  1. I should have made it clear, that it was one mousey little nurse who was the problem…not the whole staff…like I said at the end of the story The ER team was amazing Nurses Doctors assistants…I was referring to the instance when one person can get the control button and fail to see the tree for the lack of the woods… and Woosty’s still a Cat, thanks for your work..

  2. Pardon,

    Buckeye’s advice to Byrne.

    As I’ve said elsewhere, not on my A game today.

  3. W=c,

    You are correct about nurses in the most part and I know this from having a nurse in the family (who ran the CCICU staff for many years) and having spent some time in hospital as a patient. However, as a patient, I have indeed met a couple of incompetent jackass nurses (one male and one female) that merited complaints to the Nursing Supervisor. Don’t get me wrong. Nurses, not so much the doctors, are what make a good hospital. I far prefer nurses – and their general attitude toward patients – over 95% of doctors. But there are bad nurses too and Byrne’s advice on how to address the issue is correct. Don’t get mad and have as minimal confrontation as possible and if you are unable to resolve the problem, then see the Nursing Director. If the Nursing Director knows shit from shinola (and if they came up through the ranks like my Aunt, they will), they’ll be able to sort out the legitimate from illegitimate complaints and take appropriate action.

  4. Boy….you guys really don’t like Nurses do you?

    Well I’m a nurse. I have made a mistake or 2 in my career just like anyone else but for my troubles I enjoy shit pay, predatory lawyers, often abusive drunken or out of control patients, arrogant prick doctors and daily exposure to your evry bodily fluid both clean and dirty, infected and non, and the pleasure of dealing with families who sometimes are so distraught they cannot see that thier presence is not always helpful to an ill patient attempting to compose and survive. Management does not stand up for me and corporations exploit me.

    I love my work and I love people. Most nurses do, though these days especially I know that some do not. I wasn’t there during your particular episode michael P Byrne but what I do know is that it is often more difficult for a mousy little anything to stand up to a frightened or angry anyone in a crisis situation.
    I have been, in my lifetime, abused for that behaviour…that later was determined to have saved a life. Perhaps that will help to mitigate your angriness.

  5. Michael P Byrne

    Any time you are hassled by nursing personnel, you can make a complaint to the Nursing Superisor on duty. If there’s a real problem, they can use your complaint, combined with others, to discipline the individual. They can’t do anything if no one registers a complaint.

    This may not help with the immediate confrontation, or it may, but will help someone else later on. Even just asking to see the Supervisor may make a difference.

    Info. from a family member who was a Supervisor of Nursing.

  6. When my dad was dying in the emergency room, there was this mousey little nurse who took it upon herself to keep me out of the room. I had just followed the ambulance to the ER and my mom was alone in there, I tried to explain this to her, when she refused me entry based on some idea that the room was to small, and I was to excited. She did not seem to realize, the reason, I was getting “excited” was because of her, and her idiotic behavior. She had the security guard come out and give the me the hush hush. Then she sends my mother out to talk to me, while my dad is bleeding to death. My point: sometimes these people who have the power strings, just can’t see, that they are making matters worse with their intransigence. All you can do is go outside and take a bunch of deep breaths, and hope your Dad don’t die alone. He did not by the way, cause the ER team was great and got him nice and comfortable. They gave our family just that little bit more time, and I am really grateful to them. But I am, still kinda mad at that mousey little one.

  7. My prediction for Officer Daves:

    Extended paid leave
    Reinstatment
    Promotion

  8. pete,

    I think its better with your addition. His loved ones didn’t do anything…well, maybe the wife for marrying the thug in the first place.

    Blouise,

    You said:

    “I guess running red lights with one’s emergency flashers blinking and sounding one’s horn continually and winding up in front of the hospital emergency door isn’t enough of a sign to dumb cops that a citizen may need help …”

    I couldn’t agree more.

    This behavior clearly indicates a CITIZEN IN DISTRESS. There needs to be laws enacted, at the state level, to recognize citizens making their way to a hospital for urgent treatment of a life threatening condition.

    With someone having a stroke or a heart attack, seconds count. If you’re very close to the hospital and know how to get there, as these folks did, it is faster to drive yourself.

    When I was a kid, you’d hear of people in distress informing an officer of an emergency situation and them leading the way to the hospital with sirens on. Now, I would probably proceed to the hospital too, knowing that if I stopped it would take a minimum of 10 minutes for an officer to go through the control procedure of processing my identification, registration and auto insurance. If I showed any signs of psychological distress, due to say the person in the seat next to me dying, the situation would likely go from bad to worse. You are supposed to act like nothing is going on while you comply with the control procedure while your loved on sits next to you with a bleeding brain. Really? I’d take my chances getting them as close to the emergency room door as possible and honking for assistance. At that point, hopefully while my loved one is being carted in for treatment, I could be tasered repeatedly, charged with assault, fleeing an officer, not following a lawful order, etc…, spend several thousand dollars defending myself in court, get my DNA taken, lose time at work going to court, pay a fine, spend a week in jail, spend a year on probation and generally have my life go straight to hell because some control freak didn’t feel respected.

    We have to stand up to this behavior before it continues to get out of control. State legislatures need to enact laws prohibiting the prosecution in such “citizen distress” cases. We need a citizen’s distress law. You’d think helping your fellow man and the taxpayers that pay your salary would be common sense, but I guess we need a law for these monkeys.

  9. I hope he get’s fired, can’t find another job, looses his residence and is eventually found rifling through trash dumpsters to feed himself and his loved ones

    i can agree with most of that except after he loses his house his wife leaves him and then one day after the divorce is final she wins the lottery.

    sidenote: am i the only one that when i spell divorce, in my head i hear tammy wynette singing d-i-v-o-r-c-e

  10. Chattanooga Police Officer James Daves now faces an Internal Affairs investigation but is enjoying a paid administrative leave.

    The blond lady from the Chattanooga Police Dept.claims all citizens have to do is call 911 and “We will help you.”

    I guess running red lights with one’s emergency flashers blinking and sounding ones horn continually and winding up in front of the hospital emergency door isn’t enough of a sign to dumb cops that a citizen may need help …

    I’m also inclined to believe the citizen who claims he never touched the dumb cop than I am to believe the dumb cop’s story about a fingernail scratch.

    Let’s put the cop on trial … I’m sure there are a few criminal charges that can be brought outside of inhumanity to man and gross stupidity. Since the woman was having a stroke and the cop was blocking her entrance to emergency, how about attempted …

  11. I hope he get’s fired, can’t find another job, looses his residence and is eventually found rifling through trash dumpsters to feed himself and his loved ones.

    Anyone who blocks the door to a hospital to “maintain control” deserves the worst life has to offer and I hope he get’s his in spades. Sick puke.

  12. So in summary…

    Wife got medical help and is OK for now.

    Husband has criminal charges pending and has lost job for saving wife.

    Officer did think or deal with bigger picture is on on paid vacation (leave).

  13. Yes, that was just unfortunate. It was where it goes from Dallas to Collin County and they could not have no Uppity N**** running no red lights. The officer eventually resigned. Can I say Bastard and get away with it here?

  14. AY:,Heres another that deserved full press,but they only got their toes wet on this one.And unfortunately a life was lost here.

    “Moats Stopped From Seeing Dying Relative
    A Dallas police officer drew his gun during a traffic stop of Houston Texans running back Ryan Moats last week in which the officer kept Moats from going to the hospital room of his dying mother-in-law, the Dallas Morning News reported.”

    http://views.washingtonpost.com/theleague/nflnewsfeed/2009/03/traffic-stop-kept-moats-from-seeing-dying-relative.html

  15. Like I said, the dam rarely gives up its dead. The Holler in the hills say very little. I wonder if he can run, jump or swim, with iron in his eyes or iron on his legs.

    This is a story that deserves a full press.

  16. What kind of cop charges battery for a fingernail scratch from a man trying to save the life of his critically ill wife? A candy-ass punk one, that’s what kind. Public servant, indeed.

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