Officer Goemans’ traffic stop of a suspicious vehicle leads to charges, rescue of an infant and Patrol Officer of Month honor

Tom Kennedy

The persistence shown by Patrol Officer Tim Goemans resulted in the arrest of a man and a woman who were in possession of significant amounts of controlled substances. The stop also entailed the rescue of a three-month-old child.

Due to this outstanding work, the HPOU naming Goemans as the Patrol Officer of the Month in the February general membership meeting.

The officer was nominated by Sgt. Reid Cashdollar, whose detailed report was read by Lt. Julie Zogg when the sergeant was unable to make the meeting.

Lt. Zogg said Officer Goemans made a traffic stop on the North Freeway near Gulf Bank on Dec. 19, 2017, quickly determining that the license plate on the car was stolen. He also smelled marijuana, prompting a thorough search and some tough questioning of the vehicle’s occupants. He found that the driver had two felony warrants and the female passenger had a controlled substance on her person and in her purse.

“Although the arrest of both of these suspects was important, he turned his attention to the three-month-old baby in the vehicle,” Zogg said. “He made numerous phone calls to provide for the welfare of the child.

“He called CPS and completed a check and requested their assistance to place the child in a safe place. He also contacted family members for possible avenues for placement as CPS had previously taken four other children from the female suspect and placed them with her family.”

In addition to the driver’s two felony warrants, he and the female passenger were charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Officer Goemans conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle and located 65 grams of crystal meth, 144 grams of marijuana, 1.17 grams of Xanax, 44 grams of brown powder believed to be heroin, 13.22 grams of a wax substance believed to be THC wax.

“Officer Goemans also found identifying information of other complainants including a drivers license, a social security card and checks, which initiated a forgery investigation,” Lt. Zogg said.

She was all smiles as she presented the honor to the patrol officer.