Video shows APD officer as carbon monoxide sets in


SGT. LAHOOD: HEY DO ME A FAVOR, BRIAN. I TOLD YOU I CAN’T SMELL RIGHT? CAN YOU HOP IN MY DRIVER’S SEAT AND SEE IF YOU SMELL…I ALMOST HIT THE ROAD TWICE AND I THINK I’M GOING TO GET SICK.OVERNIGHT- KXAN OBTAINED THIS VIDEO FROM THE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT. IN IT YOU CAN HEAR FROM AUSTIN POLICE SERGEANT ZACHARY LAHOOD- WHEN HE REALIZES SOMETHING COULD BE WRONG.TURNS OUT IT WAS CARBON MONOXIDE LEAKING FROM INSIDE HIS APD PATROL CAR.WE’RE GOING TO PLAY MORE OF THE VIDEO FROM INSIDE THAT CAR AND YOU CAN HEAR SGT. LAHOOD EXPLAIN TO ANOTHER OFFICER THAT SOMETHING CLEARLY IS NOT RIGHT..UNNAMED OFFICER: “WANT ME TO HAVE SOMEBODY COME CHECK YOU OUT?”SGT. LAHOOD: “NO, MAN. I JUST NEED FRESH AIR. I STARTED HAVING HEADACHES.”SINCE THEN LAHOOD FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST FORD AND SAYS HE WAS LEFT WITH LONG-TERM NEUROLOGICAL PROBLEMS AFTER HE WAS POISONED. SINCE MARCH OUR INVESTIGATIVE TEAM HAS BEEN FOLLOWING THE CASE.AND JUST LAST NIGHT WE LEARNED TWO MORE AUSTIN POLICE OFFICERS WENT TO THE HOSPITAL- SICK BECAUSE OF CARBON MONOXIDE IN THEIR OWN PATROL VEHICLES.THAT’S ACCORDING TO AUSTIN POLICE ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT, KEN CASADAY.AT LEAST ELEVEN OFFICERS HAVE NOW BEEN TREATED FOR SYMPTOMS OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING- THAT MEANS MORE THAN 40 CASES GOING BACK TO MARCH.THE UNION IS ASKING FOR MORE AND BETTER DETECTORS IN PATROL VEHICLES. MODIFIED EXHAUST SYSTEMS ON VEHICLES.AND A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE POLICE UNION AND CITY TO TACKLE THE ISSUE.JUST LAST WEEK – THE UNION TOLD OFFICERS TO DRIVE WITH THEIR WINDOWS DOWN IN THOSE FORD EXPLORERS IN THE FLEET.EXPLORERS MAKE UP

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