Saturday, August 11, 2007


Cop’s cowboy boots spur Trenton crash

‘Cowboy boots have been banned for on-duty Trenton police officers following a weekend crash.

Officer Michael Herko apparently was wearing slick-soled cowboy boots Sunday when Herko’s foot slipped off the brake and onto the gas pedal, causing Herko’s 1997 Crown Victoria squad car to careen into the front doors of the Smokers Express convenience store on U.S. 129, said Trenton Police Chief Billy Smith.

“He wasn’t going fast and he got his foot right back on the brake,” Smith said. “Nobody got hurt, but he was embarrassed as all get out about this.”

At about 6:15 p.m. Sunday, the front of Herko’s patrol car knocked about a 10-foot-by-10-foot opening where the store’s two glass entry doors had been, Smith said.’

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