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UP Police Chief: Officers Followed Procedure

A followup to a recent announcement made by one of our readers.

One week ago, reader Teresa Pratt posted an on Patch thanking a Good Samaritan for helping her son, who was found unconscious at the wheel after a car accident in Upper Providence Township.

Pratt said she hadn't heard from her son, so she began making calls and eventually found out he was at Phoenixville Hospital.

"I find it extremely unfortunate that the police did not have the human decency to call us," Pratt wrote. "Especially because the registration and insurance is under our name. You would think they would care a little more, but obviously it wasn't in their job description."

Upper Providence Police Chief Donald Sherid was on vacation last week, but returned an email to Patch on Tuesday morning. He issued the following statement:

"I reviewed this matter and found that officers followed procedure," said Sherid. "The driver of the car was an adult and was conscious and alert when police investigated. He was cooperative in the investigation describing how the crash occurred. The police department does not contact parents or vehicle owners when adults are involved in crashes and are able to make their own notifications."

Editor's Note: Patch thanks both Pratt and Sherid for their contributions in this story. All of our readers can contribute in this way by posting their own announcements or blogging for Patch. We're making it easier than ever to upload and post your own content, and we encourage you to do so. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Editor Kevin Haslam at kevin.haslam@patch.com.

Michele Beswick May 30, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I believe the Upper Providence police absolutely did the right thing. The driver was an adult; what did you expect them to do, Ms. Pratt? Hold his hand? They followed procedure and did everything expected of them. Instead of criticizing the police, you should be thanking God your son wasn't hurt worse.
SF Parent May 30, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Following procedure is one thing--going the extra mile to do the right thing is another. I do not think UP police did the right thing. Common decency states you call the parents.
Mark May 30, 2012 at 11:34 PM
I don't typically leave comments in the Patch, but had to respond to "SF Parent". I would love to live in your world, because obviously it isn't reality. The police officers job is to investigate the cause of the crash and render aid to those hurt. They are not responsible for notifying anyone. The driver was alert, capable of contacting his own family and an ADULT!!! You need a life-
Limerick Resident May 31, 2012 at 01:16 AM
I have to agree with Mark. At the age of 24, unless the kid is seriously injured there is no need to contact the parents. If he really was alert then why would the police need to contact the parents? That's the problem with most of these kids today, 24 years old and still being coddled by mommy and daddy. But I do have to agree that the UP police do seem to go overboard in the traffic enforcement. I have several friends who live in UP (it really is a nice township) and several have ahd items stolen from their vehicles, one had a vehicle window smashed to get to a GPS and one's house was broken into while he was at work. While UP police showed up to take a report, all my friends seem to agree that unless it's Route 29, Egypt Road or Township Line Road, you never see a UP officer.

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