BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA – A 2017 incident involving Pennsylvania State Troopers and a DUI suspect went from routine to nearly fatal in a matter of seconds for investigating officers. The event was caught on a police dash cam video showing Troopers Cp. Seth Kelly and Ryan Seiple conducting a routine traffic stop on Route 33, just north of the city of Bethlehem. At one point, suspect Daniel Cleary stopped becoming cooperative with the officers and grabbed for their guns. After a scuffle, Cleary went into his car grabbed a gun and began shooting at the officers.
Before the incident, Cleary had failed three of the officers’ field sobriety tests.
Officers used a taser against Cleary, but it didn’t work. Trooper Kelly was hit by a round fired by Cleary’s gun, and applied a tourniquet to his leg to stop the bleeding. In 2018, Cleary was convicted by a jury after watching this video. Daniel Cleary is now in prison and could be there for the rest of his life after receiving a 53 to 110 year sentence.
The video highlights the grave danger police officers encounter on a daily basis and why sometimes, officers’ tensions are high once a subject begins resisting arrest.