Illinois State Trooper Stuck Outside Patrol Car And Killed During Traffic Stop on I-294

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – Illinois State Police issued a press release earlier today from the desk of (ISP) Director Leo P. Schmitz who announced the line of duty death of ISP District 15 (Downers Grove) Trooper Christopher Lambert.

On the afternoon of January 12, 2019, at approximately 4:45 p.m., Trooper Christopher Lambert #6527, was on scene of a three-vehicle traffic crash, in the left lane on I-294 near Willow Road. While handling that crash another vehicle in traffic failed to stop and struck Trooper Lambert while he was outside of his patrol car. Trooper Lambert sustained serious injuries as a result the crash and was given CPR by an off duty nurse, before being transported to Glenbrook Hospital. At approximately 7:24 p.m., Trooper Lambert succumbed to his injuries.

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“Trooper Lambert was a great trooper and was respected by those within and from outside the ISP, this is a tremendous loss which could have been prevented and should have never happened,” said ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz. “Trooper Lambert deliberately placed his vehicle in a position to protect the lives of the victims of the previous crash, and took on the danger himself. He will be remembered for his dedication to the Illinois State Police and for giving the ultimate sacrifice to protect and serve the citizens of Illinois.”

Trooper Lambert was a five year veteran of the Illinois State Police District 15 in Downers Grove and was assigned to the Criminal Patrol Team. Trooper Lambert was also a prior member of the United States Army.

Additional information will be released once it becomes available. Trooper Lambert’s visitation and funeral arrangements are pending.

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Illinois State Police

Nicely done CHP - Golden Gate Division Air Operations!

CHP - Golden Gate Division Air Operations
**CHP Helicopter Lands to Assist in Arrest** This morning shortly after 11:00 am, the Sacramento Police Department attempted to stop a stolen vehicle when the driver failed to stop and fled at a high rate of speed. CHP officers joined the chase as the suspect fled on I-80 from Sacramento. After fleeing on several freeways, county roads, and city streets the suspect drove the wrong way on I-505 and fled on foot. Due to CHP Helicopter H-30 and CHP Airplane (Air-31) being overhead, ground CHP Officers were able to follow the suspect safe at a distance. The suspect fled into an industrial complex in the City of Vacaville. Two CHP ground officers were able to enter the complex as the Vacaville Police Department responded to assist. Prior to entering the complex the suspect attempted to enter a parked vehicle. The suspect attempted to hide under, between, and in several parked tractor trailers. Unforunately for the suspect, the orbiting CHP Aircraft were able to keep an eye on him. When officers approached the suspect he did not comply with their directions, fled on foot, and attempted to struggle with the officers. Due to the officers struggling with the non compliant suspect, CHP Helicopter H-30 landed in the complex to assist. Two CHP Flight Officer/Paramedics exited the helicopter and assisted in taking the suspect into custody without further incident. Neither the suspect nor the CHP Officers were injured during this incident. This pursuit also demonstrates the effectiveness of CHP Aircraft. The Sacramento Police Department will be the investigating agency.
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Great job thank you for all you do!

Another looser off our streets. Thank you!!

Hey is that Jon and Ponch. :) Great job Chips!

Mathieu Michel This is 100% you

Great teamwork!!

Great job Vacaville Police dept & Calif Highway patrol dept.

Another job well done!

Impressive job CHP!

Well...thats a 1st ive seen a police helio landing in a lot to help arrest someone...

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11 hours ago

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WITH SURGE OF CRASHES INVOLVING ISP TROOPERS,
GOV. PRITZKER AND ILLINOIS STATE POLICE URGE MOTORISTS TO FOLLOW “MOVE OVER” LAW

Chicago, IL – With a recent surge in crashes involving ISP troopers, Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois State Police (ISP) are urging motorists to respect the Move Over Law and use caution when approaching emergency vehicles on interstates and roads.

So far in 2019, 14 ISP troopers have been struck by vehicles when they were pulled over to respond to highway incidents with their emergency lights activated. The tragic death of Trooper Christopher Lambert is among the 14 incidents, which far exceeds last year’s total of eight troopers.

“I'm here today to say to drivers on the roads: When you see a state trooper’s vehicle on the side of the road, slow down, obey the law and move over,” said Gov. JB Pritzker. “Our state troopers are putting their lives on the line every single day. They are our heroes and first responders, keeping people safe. No driver needs to get to their destination so quickly that they need to put a trooper’s life at risk. No one’s time or convenience is worth more than the lives of our state’s heroes.”

Also known as “Scott’s Law,” the Move Over Law was enacted in 2002 in memory of Lieutenant Scott Gillen of the Chicago Fire Department. LT Gillen was struck and killed on December 23, 2000, by an intoxicated driver on the Dan Ryan Expressway while assisting at a crash scene.

“This alarming number already exceeds last year’s total of 8 and averages more than one Trooper a week. It is simply unacceptable. And while this issue is directly impacting our agency, we are one of many roadway users affected by this problem,” said ISP Acting Director Brendan Kelly. “Scott’s Law not only applies to emergency vehicles, but also includes the general public who are having car troubles and are stuck roadside until help arrives. Our hope in bringing this to the public’s attention through our struggle, is that it increases the safety of all roadway users in their time of need. Our agency, with the support of Governor Pritzker, has made this issue a priority.”

The Move Over Law requires motorists to approach with caution and yield to emergency vehicles, including highway maintenance vehicles displaying oscillating, rotating or flashing lights. Drivers must change lanes if they can do so safely or reduce speed and proceed with caution if unable to change lanes.

Though not an exhaustive list, this would include police, fire, emergency medical system, construction and towing vehicles. As of January 1, 2017, the law was also updated to include the general public when they are roadside with their emergency four-way flashers activated.

Violators of the Move Over Law are mandated to appear in court. Additionally, they can be fined not less than $100 or more than $10,000 and have their driver’s license suspended for up to two years if the violation involves injury to another.
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WITH SURGE OF CRASHES INVOLVING ISP TROOPERS, 
GOV. PRITZKER AND ILLINOIS STATE POLICE URGE MOTORISTS TO FOLLOW “MOVE OVER” LAW

Chicago, IL – With a recent surge in crashes involving ISP troopers, Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois State Police (ISP) are urging motorists to respect the Move Over Law and use caution when approaching emergency vehicles on interstates and roads.

So far in 2019, 14 ISP troopers have been struck by vehicles when they were pulled over to respond to highway incidents with their emergency lights activated. The tragic death of Trooper Christopher Lambert is among the 14 incidents, which far exceeds last year’s total of eight troopers.

“Im here today to say to drivers on the roads: When you see a state trooper’s vehicle on the side of the road, slow down, obey the law and move over,” said Gov. JB Pritzker. “Our state troopers are putting their lives on the line every single day. They are our heroes and first responders, keeping people safe. No driver needs to get to their destination so quickly that they need to put a trooper’s life at risk. No one’s time or convenience is worth more than the lives of our state’s heroes.”

Also known as “Scott’s Law,” the Move Over Law was enacted in 2002 in memory of Lieutenant Scott Gillen of the Chicago Fire Department. LT Gillen was struck and killed on December 23, 2000, by an intoxicated driver on the Dan Ryan Expressway while assisting at a crash scene. 

“This alarming number already exceeds last year’s total of 8 and averages more than one Trooper a week. It is simply unacceptable. And while this issue is directly impacting our agency, we are one of many roadway users affected by this problem,” said ISP Acting Director Brendan Kelly. “Scott’s Law not only applies to emergency vehicles, but also includes the general public who are having car troubles and are stuck roadside until help arrives. Our hope in bringing this to the public’s attention through our struggle, is that it increases the safety of all roadway users in their time of need. Our agency, with the support of Governor Pritzker, has made this issue a priority.” 

The Move Over Law requires motorists to approach with caution and yield to emergency vehicles, including highway maintenance vehicles displaying oscillating, rotating or flashing lights. Drivers must change lanes if they can do so safely or reduce speed and proceed with caution if unable to change lanes. 

Though not an exhaustive list, this would include police, fire, emergency medical system, construction and towing vehicles. As of January 1, 2017, the law was also updated to include the general public when they are roadside with their emergency four-way flashers activated. 

Violators of the Move Over Law are mandated to appear in court. Additionally, they can be fined not less than $100 or more than $10,000 and have their driver’s license suspended for up to two years if the violation involves injury to another. 
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Scott's Law needs zero tolerance enforcement, and aggressive prosecution by the courts. Fines and jail time, as in construction zones, should be considered for legislation.

Scott's Law needs sharper teeth as in larger fines and jail time.

That’s about the first good thing JB has said or done.

I really don't understand how this isn't even common knowledge let alone common sense.

God Bless our Law enforcement officers!!! 💙💙💙💙💙💙💙🙏

Scott's law needs bigger teeth equal to hitting a construction worker!

Because people are in a hurry or messing with their phones, always preoccupied with something in their car, they can't just sit back and drive and enjoy some music

“Move over, or I’m gonna tax the crap outa you for it!” - JB Pritzker

Put out some tire spikes in the right lane back a ays from the squad cars. Then they will move over, or have from 4 to 18 flat tires.

Move over or get pull with a $1000 fine and lose your license for a year.

That makes me so mad move over like suppose to and some idiot who thinks there above the law flies around you on the right almost hits broke down vehicle on side but by golly they saved 2or3 seconds? Idiots

#MoveOverOrTurnOver your license. Enough tears have been shed. Increase the #penalty !

Query: In recent months I have noticed many Troopers (and local LEOs) who have pulled people over parked with their squads hanging over the fog line a couple feet into the driving lane. Has something changed in the training manual, and could this be contributing to the problem? Not wanting to upset anyone but this is something I have noticed in the last 6 months or so.

Yesterday I shifted to the center lane when I saw a tractor trailer on the shoulder. As a passed the truck , looked right and signaled to shift back into the right lane I had a car passing me in the right lane. He had to have blown past the tractor trailer in the right lane.

Come on people quit hitting cop cars your making Illinois more in debt!!!

Where's Trooper Tracy and her posse, this is not an all male troop!! These women are doing there Best at getting the word out about this!!

Throw out some spike strips ... that'll stop em.

We need more signs on the interstates stating "move over" because I notice a lot of out of state people using the right lane to go around people whom have moved over.

Speed kills!!! This article is from a year ago. https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chicagoinc/ct-oberweis-speed-limit-0217-chicago-inc-20170216-story,amp.html

Sorry ISP, JB is an idiot. No amount of lights, reflective tape, or idiot politicians is going to fix stupid drivers.

Need to light up those squads with more lights and more reflective markings Scott’s law Obey it!!!!

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‪I'm here today to say to drivers on the roads: When you see a state trooper’s vehicle on the side of the road, slow down, obey the law and move over. Our state troopers are putting their lives on the line every single day. They are our heroes and first responders, keeping people safe. No driver needs to get to their destination so quickly that they need to put a trooper’s life at risk. No one’s time or convenience is worth more than the lives of our state’s heroes. ... See MoreSee Less

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The only thing this jack off has said that makes sense.

I love ❤️ ISP... Can’t say the same for the Gov or any IL politicians.

This is the only good this to come out of the governors mouth!

I respect LE to the fullest and I do move over every time. But I will not listen to a word that comes out of this guys mouth

I respect our Troopers, I don’t respect you

The Right lanes in this state suck so bad with pot holes, you usually have to drive in left lane. Can’t fix them because Madigan stole all the money.

Maybe you should tax them!!! You can come up with something How about a windshield tax

That's an awfully big suit🤣🤣🤣

sadly I miss this state lived there for 19yrs joined the army was in 8.5yrs wanted to come back but they require cdl holders to retake all the test including the driving portion... they iam sitting back watch the gun laws go nuts taxes go way above what the average person can afford... honestly I dont blame anyone for wanting to leave that state

thank you Gov Pritzker

Motorist have been running over tow operators for years and never a thought was given. Maybe you guys should try to recover a vehicle with vehicles passing two feet behind you. I've had troopers drive past in the slow lane without a second thought

The only thing I have ever agreed with him on.

Absolutely agree. But it goes for anyone stopped on the shoulder. MOVE OVER!! Police, tow truck, IDOT, or any other personal car.

I respect LE to the fullest and I do move over every time. But I will not listen to a word that comes out of this guys mouth

This guy will take your donuts. Watch him.

He's gonna issue a lane change tax 😳😱

Only thing he has said that I actually agree with..

Something that everyone can agree on!

More visible lights on squads and high reflection markings

I always move over but for 1, but police of all car paint schemes have ZERO business being parked in a median with no lights on not even a dome light just trying to be sneaky it's dangerous.

I love the ISP page but agree, watch it! He’ll take your donuts! 😑

I would like to say. The NO left Lane except while passing Law is a detour ant for some. Not myself however, I have heard some say they are afraid of this and being ticketed.

Scott's law needs to have penalties and advertising equal to hitting a construction worker!

Thank you Governor Pritzker, a great message to save lives. Keep up the excellent work Sir!

Here’s an idear Pritzker, buy a freaking light strip for under the back bumper. Be a hero.

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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE TO IMPLEMENT ONLINE DNA KIT TRACKING SYSTEM

SPRINGFIELD, IL. – Illinois State Police (ISP) Acting Director Brendan Kelly vows to work towards fulfilling the recommendations set forth by the Sexual Assault Tracking Submissions Commission. “Survivors of sexual assault or violent crime shouldn’t be left in the dark while their kit makes its way through a system that can seem cold and indifferent,” said Kelly. “They should know that hospitals, police, forensic scientists, and prosecutors care about their case and transparency is the best way to make sure that happens.”

The Illinois State Police Division of Forensic Services (DFS) has been directed to implement an online sexual assault tracking system by the end of the year. Kelly has directed the current laboratory IT vendor to begin development of the online system immediately using a special exemption under the state’s procurement code. Once implemented, the sexual assault tracking system will allow survivors of sexual assault to monitor their evidence online throughout the entire process, from collection at the hospital, through law enforcement pick-up and submission to the forensic lab, and lastly to the State’s Attorney’s office where final results are received. The tracking of sexual assault kits allow survivors to check on the status of their evidence without compromising their privacy. To ensure privacy, the system will use unique case numbers and passwords to limit access to survivors and law enforcement. However, the ISP can only do so much to afford the maximum amount of privacy for the victims. That is why a statutory exemption to 5 ILCS 140/7.5 that all information contained and tracked in any uniform statewide sexual assault evidence tracking system be exempt from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, and (b) referred to the FOIA exemption in any statute authorizing or governing the tracking system.

Transparency of this data will, no doubt, reveal additional opportunities for stakeholders to develop operational procedures or legislation that will eliminate barriers to fast turnaround time. “Delays in DNA testing are greater and more complex than simply speeding up the test itself, but by completely laying bare the process from start to finish, I know all stakeholders involved will see many steps that can be taken, both inside and outside the lab, which will reduce turn-around time,” concluded Kelly.

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YEAH!!!! I love this idea. Now have your troopers and get the message to local law enforcement to check their car trunks to see if they have a kit in there. Very common problem in the past because the blood goes bad if not refrigerated. Get them to the lab Please.. From a former administrator of the kit.

Melissa....

2 days ago

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Nice work Sangamon County Sheriff's Office!

Sangamon County Sheriff's Office
On 3/15/19, the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office was alerted to a video on social media ,where a white male was seen displaying a semi-automatic handgun while sitting next to an unoccupied Sangamon County squad car at an unknown location. The threat was taken seriously and a report was made. The Sheriff’s Office developed information about the person in the video and he was identified as Nicholas Slobodyanyuk, m/w, 21 y/o, of the 100 block of W. Canedy St, Springfield. The Springfield Police Department located the suspect vehicle on 3/19/19 at approximately 3:00 a.m. The vehicle was stopped at Whittier and South Grand Ave. West for an equipment violation, and Slobodyanyyuk was arrested after a search of the car turned up two loaded semi-automatic handguns. The Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office has charged Mr. Slobodyanyuk with two counts of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon. His bond was set in the amount of $30,000.00 and he remains in the custody of the Sangamon County Jail.
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...and great job by the Springfield Police Department for locating the car, investigating the incident, and making the arrest on this young man.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes

Unfortunately, when you report videos like this to FB, they tell you to block the person. SMH

Kudos to the person that reported it.

Good work. Keep our officers alive and going home to their family everyday

Great job, Sangamom County Sheriff’s Department and Springfield Police Department!!

Great Job - Thanks to the Sheriff and the Springfield Police Department. Proactive policing at its best.

It was real nice of him to turn himself in. 👍

We need MENTAL Health Hospitals Stay Safe Thank you ✌️🇺🇸

How do you pronounce “Mr Slobodyanyuk??”

What is so wrong with these young people these days.. like is he looking to be caught so he can go to jail, does he not enjoy his freedom.. I worry for my grandkids to grow up in this world today.. people have gone totally crazy

Jail is the best place for him

There's a video called Chicago Code Blue. Have they caught those Clowns?

Wonder if the piece was legal or not

Only 30k? Is Kim Foxx working down there too? Terrible.

Glad it was taken seriously and he's not out running the streets. Thank God everyone is safe

Even though he was being a complete jack wagon, at least he had some trigger discipline......🤷🏻‍♂️

You would think cops would be more interested in ticketing cars with darkly tinted windows. Yes, there is an accepted level of tint- seems like only semis get investigated.

Thank GOD everyone is safe! Thank you officers!

Good job, thank God he’s not on the streets now!

Nice work, but why give him any notoriety?

Guess who ain't gonna post his bail? 😄

Enjoy your weekend , but they don’t leave the light on in the window, no chocolate candies left on the pillow , you get to fluff your own pillow , and no continental breakfast for your expensive weekend

Bruh only had a sccy cpx1 or cpx2 9mm Thats like a $200 gun lol

Wonder if he can trade in some of his gold for bail?

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