"...Some officers donít buckle up while on duty.
Itís against state law. Itís against department policy. Yet some officers simply refuse. They donít want their gun to get tangled up in the seatbelt.
...Officer Serge Grinik, who suffered the head injury in Decemberís wreck, always wore his seatbelt on duty until an incident about three months before the wreck, according to his attorney, Mike Yonke.
A man who appeared to have a gun marched up to Grinikís patrol car. Grinik tried to get out of his car, but his gun got tangled in his seatbelt. His partner ó who was not wearing a seatbelt ó hopped out and subdued the suspect.
ďHe (Grinik) said heíd rather risk being hurt in a wreck than be executed in his car....Ē