Col. Frank Milstead, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, was driving through Yavapai County on October when he was pulled over for speeding and weaving in and out of traffic.
In the car with Col. Milstead was his fiancé, Angela Harrolle. Harrolle, the CEO of the 100 Club, is the widow of Officer Bruce Harrolle, who was killed in the line of duty in 2008 while rescuing two stranded hikers near Sedona. Milstead and Angela were on their way to the Annual Bruce Harrolle Memorial Hike when they were pulled over by a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Deputy.
According to the Deputy, “The reason I stopped you is this guy was going over 90 mph, weaving through traffic and not using you guys’ turn signals.”
You can watch the traffic stop here:
Yesterday, Col. Milstead described the incident himself in a series of five tweets on Twitter.
On Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 at 4:55PM I was stopped for speeding by a deputy of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. Unquestionably I was speeding and the deputy’s decision to stop me was valid. As with any traffic stop, the deputy requested my information and I provided it. (1/5)— Col. Frank Milstead (@frank_milstead) December 4, 2019
During our conversation, my fiancée explained we were traveling to an annual memorial for her late husband who was killed in the line of duty 11 years ago. As they spoke, I realized I had not identified myself as a law enforcement officer, as I have been trained to do since (2/5)— Col. Frank Milstead (@frank_milstead) December 4, 2019
the academy. I provided the deputy with my professional identification. The deputy then conducted a proper records check, after which he allowed me to proceed with an educational warning. Warnings take place on at least a third of all traffic stops conducted by various (3/5)— Col. Frank Milstead (@frank_milstead) December 4, 2019
agencies. I recognize the seriousness of the speeding violation for which I was stopped, and I am deeply regretful. Irrespective of my position, my adherence to all laws is imperative and on the day in question I was in violation. (4/5)— Col. Frank Milstead (@frank_milstead) December 4, 2019
I hold the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Scott Mascher in high regard. The deputy in this case was very professional. This is certainly a regrettable event for me and one for which I will reflect and learn. (5/5)— Col. Frank Milstead (@frank_milstead) December 4, 2019
Traffic stop video: &mdash">https://t.co/WkMbwl7Y3f
After checking Milstead’s identification, the Deputy gave him a warning and did not write a ticket.