October 31, 2014

David Payne - Law Enforcement - Arizona

David Payne
Police Officer David Payne, age 37, died in the line of duty on October 31, 2014, at a hospital in Chandler, Arizona.

Officer Payne was a member of the Chandler Police Department. He had 7 years of service. He was a member of the DUI traffic unit.

At about 12:40 a.m., David was on patrol on his police motorcycle and was stopped at an intersection. He was rear-ended by a vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle fled the scene and was arrested a short time later. 

Brian Yazzie
The driver, Brian Yazzie, age 32 of Tempe, Arizona, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. He was driving with a suspended license and had an 11 month old baby in the car. He has a previous conviction for drunk driving in 2010.

Advice To All Drivers: If you find that you are wasted, drunk or doped up on street drugs or prescription drugs or if you are falling asleep on your feet, do NOT drive. Call a family member or a friend for a ride; or take a taxi; or stay where you are until you sober up; or crawl home on your hands and knees. It will be better for you and for the world if you do.

Regret can last a lifetime. 

If you wish to contribute to the family of David Payne, you can contact any branch of Arizona Bank & Trust and quote account No. 9361089137. 

Michael, Archangel, Patron
Saint of the Police, pray for
David and for those who
have lost him
The Chandler Police Department is in mourning over the death of their brother. David was passionate about removing impaired drivers from the streets. He loved his job and was good at it. He will be forever remembered.

David's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He will be forever mourned.

David is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members.

Thank you for your service to the community, David. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

God save us from the drunk and the doped up drivers. They are killing us, Father.

Pray that David is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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