While on patrol Officer Andrew Van Gundy initiates a traffic stop after witnessing a vehicle swerve in and out of lanes. Officer Van Gundy pursues the male driver who refuses to stop. The driver bypasses two stops signs before crashing into a driveway and hitting two parked cars. Officer Van Gundy rushes to assist the man who is stuck inside the vehicle. He breaks through the driver side window and attempts to get the driver out of the car but the door is jammed. Back-up officers arrive and they pull the male driver out through the passenger side door. As the man is exiting the vehicle, he slurs his words as he apologizes for being an alcoholic. Officer Van Gundy alerts the tenant of the incident. The tenant and his family were getting ready for bed when they heard a loud noise but presumed the accident occurred down the street. The driver is taken to the hospital before going to jail for driving under the influence and felony evading.

Story Title 

Kthunk, Kthunk, Bam!

Name

Andrew Van Gundy

Rank

Officer

Agency

Santa Rosa Police Department

Age

34

Hire Date

01/07/16

Originally From

Santa Barbara,CA

How did you get into Law Enforcement?

I originally entered law enforcement as a police dispatcher which opened the door and the desire to work on the streets and be more involved with the calls handled by the department.  

What is your favorite part about your job?

The best part of my job is being involved in making a positive difference in the community and getting to work with a great group of like minded coworkers.  

Hobbies

Dirt Biking, Hiking, Traveling

What is your favorite quote or saying?

My wife always asks, “Are you going to be okay?”

To which I respond, “Do I have a choice?”

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