Sheriff’s deputy slams four parked cars

July 30, 2008

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN

A San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputy on administrative leave drove into four parked vehicles before flipping and rolling his pickup truck in a July 19 mishap.

Deputy Bryan Goossens was northbound on Traffic Way in Atascadero at 8:50 a.m. when the chain-reaction collision occurred.

Currently on paid administrative leave in an unrelated matter, Goossens was not ticketed or charged by Atascadero police officers.

Goossens told police that he lost control of his GMC truck while reaching for a water bottle. The truck first sideswiped a green Ford Taurus, totaling the parked vehicle, according to a police report obtained by CalCoastNews.com. Goossens then crashed into a grey Plymouth sedan parked on the east side of Traffic Way south of Rosario Avenue, and then into the rear of a silver Ford Explorer. The impact propelled the Explorer approximately 61 feet into the rear of a blue Ford Taurus.

Upon colliding with the Explorer, Goossens’ truck became airborne and rolled over twice before coming to a rest 90 feet from the point of first impact, according to the report. “Goossens caused this collision by failing to drive on the right half of the roadway,” the report concluded.

“There was no indication of excessive speed or alcohol use,” said Atascadero Police Lt. Brian Dana, who noted the incident did not warrant drug or alcohol testing. “We don’t give tickets following accidents unless the driver has no insurance or license. This appears to be inattention.”

Along the 5000 block area of Traffic Way, where the incident occurred, the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour.

According to the police report, witness Iris Florez was traveling south on Traffic Way when she noticed the deputy’s truck “approaching her at ‘normal’ speeds.”

However, Florez later told UncoveredSLO.com she first became aware of the GMC truck as it hit the first Ford Taurus. She called 911, and then offered her assistance to Goossens, who, according to Florez, wanted to move his truck.

“He wanted to, but I told him to wait for the police to come,” Florez said. “He was complaining about his head, he asked me to check it because it hurt too much. He was shaking a lot. I think he was in shock. His leg was bleeding. He didn’t want to go to the hospital.”

Following the accident, Goossens’ truck was towed and the remaining four damaged vehicles were left at the scene, according to the police report.

Goossens did not return a request for comment.


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16 Comments

  1. ccn_debate says:

    Member Opinions:
    By: Anonymous on 8/22/08
    Nah.
    By: Anonymous on 8/20/08
    In light of the most recent allegations (and with a presumption of innocence), do any of the previous posters in this thread now wish to change their position?
    By: Anonymous on 8/16/08
    Thanks Frank for getting it back on topic.
    By: Anonymous on 8/16/08
    to continue that thought,just remember who you'll call and who'll rush right there after you've been assaulted, and child has been molested, or your sister has been beaten by her drunken boyfriend, or someone has been involved in a fatal crash. Oh yeah, it's those cops you hate so much.
    By: Anonymous on 8/15/08
    This discussion has gone way over the top. The original point has been lost in a frenzy of cop bashing. Robin, you need to get a grip, maybe some counseling. Whatever your post is about, there is no excuse for it.
    By: Anonymous on 8/15/08
    Robin, you are disgusting. You've just taken a man's private heartache and paraded it for all the world to see.

    Viktor Frankl said that there are only two races of people: the decent and the indecent. Your words place you in the latter category.

    Just remember, sow the wind, reap the whirlwind; someday your vile behavior will be repaid, with interest.

    By: Anonymous on 8/15/08
    I read that Atascadero Lt. Brian Dana reviewed the collision reports and approved of the outcome of the investigation. Dana's opinion should be questioned as his personal issues affect his professional conduct. Dana should not be in a position to render a professional opinion on this one….

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  2. ccn_debate says:

    By: Anonymous on 8/12/08
    True, dat.
    By: Anonymous on 8/12/08
    Remember, LE officers are there for you When YOU don't have enough balls to contact your neighbor because their dogs is barking at 0130 hours in the morning or you think you heard something outside your window and you are to much of a pussy to check it out yourself. I WISH we could live 1 week with out LE and you could see how much they help the citizens of the community out. If you don't like LE don't call next time you window gets smashed, your purse gets stolen or someone uses your credit card w/o your permission
    By: Anonymous on 8/5/08
    I find it amusing that the "citizens" have resorted to name calling and antagonistic behavior in their "discussion" with an obvious law enforcement officer. When one acts like a child during an argument it detracts from any points a person is attempting to make.

    By: Anonymous on 8/4/08
    Anony Barney,

    Has it ever occured to you that the "hate" against LE that you whine about would be greatly diminished if cops would simply obey the same laws that they enforce.

    By placing themselves above the law, by unilaterally excluding themselves from having to obey certain laws they choose to ignore, they absolutely forfeit their right to respect from those they police.

    Are you able to understand that, Barney?
    By: Anonymous on 8/4/08
    Hey Barney,
    Once again you are parsing, bobbing, weaving, and taking evasive action in order to avoid admiting the reality of the very common and accepted practice of police corruption known as professional courtesy, which is neither professional nor courteous.

    The fact is that the sole and only reason that some public safety employees get traffic citations is that THEY REFUSE TO SHOW THEIR BADGES WHEN PULLED OVER. Some in your business are sickened and disgusted by what most of you shamelessly accept as common practice.

    It is also a fact that IF THEY PULL OUT THEIR BADGE THEY WILL BE SENT ON THEIR WAY WITHOUT A CITATION.

    In other words, so-called professional courtesy is alive, well, and available to all "in the business", but some see it for the corruption that it is and refuse to participate.

    So my question to you, Barney Fife, is do you participate in the corrupt police practice of so-called professional courtesy?

    Do ya, Barney?

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  3. ccn_debate says:

    By: Anonymous on 8/4/08
    I guess I am Barney Fife so I will respond. What I say now? The accusations I was responding to was that cops, emts, their families NEVER get arrested or receive tickets. I still say that THAT is a lie. People on here that INSIST that their misguided beliefs are true are full of crap. There is nothing I, or anyone else, can do to change their minds. I stand by my statements and I know that they are true.

    The other thing I know is that I will do everything in my power to discourage my children from having anything to do with law enforcement as a career. It is simply not worth it and the hate from a segment of society is very discouraging.

    So go back to your glee that someone in law enforcement has screwed up.
    By: Anonymous on 8/4/08
    Mike Brennler please help us understand all this. With your many years of law inforcement that you constantly remind us of surely you can step forward and shed light on this insane stain on local law enforcement. Pleas Mike now is the time for your skills you have promised us.
    By: Anonymous on 8/4/08
    And where now are all of the LE Bozos in denial who were yelping like pissing mongrels about the mistreatmnet of their "good and respected" brother in blue?

    By: Anonymous on 8/4/08
    Hey Barney Fife,

    What say you now?

    Your problem is that the "reality" you live in named Mayberry RFD.

    By: Anonymous on 8/4/08
    "Law Enforcement P.R. Guy says:

    This is the kind of story that should NOT, and I mean absolutely NEVER, be reported. It is NOT news. Never will be, never has been.

    UncoveredSLO should be ashamed. If they are going to publish ANYTHING about the Sheriff's Department, it should ONLY be based on official press releases from the department.

    UncoveredSLO needs to learn a few of the journalism rules around this county before they start going round publishing all this stuff that would NEVER make it into respectable papers like The Tribune."

    By: Anonymous on 8/4/08
    Apparently the reason it wasn't in the redlight roundup is because someone at the APD covered it up. Suprise! Suprise!

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  4. ccn_debate says:

    By: Anonymous on 8/4/08
    Barney Fife,
    Yes, you are lying.
    By: Anonymous on 8/4/08
    To Get a Grip,

    So I guess the cop I know who got two DUIs and was fired was lying? Or the other one I know who got a DUI and was suspended was lying also? Or the cops I know who got tickets were lying? I know what happened, all these people set this up in an elaborate conspiracy to throw the public off. Before you start calling people "bald face liars" you really should know what you are talking about.

    Make sure you check COSTCO, they have large quantities of cheap Reynolds wrap.
    By: Anonymous on 8/4/08
    The cop posting below is a bald faced liar. So called professional courtesy is alive and well in SLO county. Every cop, emt, fire dept employee, and d.o.c. employee in this county and state knows that pulling your badge during a traffic stop will get you right back on the road without a ticket.

    That's called judging yourself above the law, and that is corruption, plain and simple.

    And the sad fact of the matter is that LE are so enormously in denial that they are incapable of understanding that they have institutional and officially sold the integrity of their profession for the price of a few lousy traffic tickets and dui's.

    The public is not the one with Reynold's Wrap head wear.
    By: Anonymous on 8/3/08
    Okay everybody adjust your tinfoil hats. You guys really should educate yourselves before you spew your opinion as fact. Cops, EMTs, family members, etc are not running around commiting crimes at will without any penalty. If you sincerly believe this please see your primary care doctor and receive a referral to a shrink to get a pill for your delusional thoughts.

    Professional courtesy for the most part has disappeared. Cops do not turn a blind eye to other cops commiting crimes, actually the oposite is true. Cops treat other cops accused of crimes with disdain and shun them. Cops HATE when other cops commit crimes. The most professional coutesy will get is a warning on a ticket, and that is disappearing.

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  5. ccn_debate says:

    By: Anonymous on 8/3/08
    I'm ready for vacation.Got my bottled water and i'm ready to hit the ca……errrrr I mean the road.
    By: Anonymous on 8/3/08
    Way to go Paladin.Were you the star of "Have Badge Will Walk?"
    By: Anonymous on 8/3/08
    Hey everyone, there is a new Ghost Whisperer on tonight, it prove to be more entertaining and rwal than your half baked BS.
    By: Anonymous on 8/3/08
    Interesting that no one has looked at the mathematics involved in this case, not the police, not the newspaper, not even Uncoveredslo!

    From what little information is in the article, the Ford Explorer (the one pushed approx.61 feet) would have to have a minimum speed of 37 mph. I know this is vague, but if your car weighs 5880 pounds (2 wheel drive Explorer GVWR) and the road surface co-efficient (amount of stickiness of the road) is .75 % and its braking distance if 61 feet, the min. speed is 37 mph.

    Of course not all the fact and figures are there. The GMC has lost velocity or energy when it sideswiped two cars before hitting the Explorer. There is also a loss of energy when the Explorer hit the other parked car.
    Hummm…seems someone was going a bit faster than is reasonable safe for the conditions!
    By: Anonymous on 8/3/08
    The phrase "red light roundup" is the new "dude" of this blog. It will doubtless spread throughout our county and then to the rest of the world. Soon, you will go to a theater to see a movie entitled "Red Light Roundup, Where's My Car". People will wonder what's going on, and what it all means, but those of us that read this blog will just smile – 'cause we know.
    By: Anonymous on 8/3/08
    Prefessional Courtesy = Police Corruption.

    Law enforcement officers, firemen, dept. of corrections employees, EMT's, etc will virtually never get traffic citations or dui's due to so-called professional courtesy. This priveledge in many instances also extends to their family members. Pull out your badge or your hubby's card and you are sent on your way.

    Google "law enforcement professional courtesy".

    They do not deny this corrupt practice, they are in fact proud of it.

    Law enforcement has ruled themselves to be above the laws that they daily enforce against the rest of society.

    They have sold the integrity of their office for the price of a few lousy traffic citations, and they are unashamed and unappologetic about that.

    By: Anonymous on 8/3/08
    to To red lite round up

    You have described the situation quite accurately. I just didn't have the patience to write that much.

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  6. ccn_debate says:

    By: Anonymous on 8/3/08
    The RLRU is posted in the Atascadero News every Wednesday and Friday. It details every call that the police respond to and every accident. It is so detailed that it list calls such as police responded to a report of a van parked in the Food for Less parking lot for 48 hours. The owner was contacted and moved his vechicle. Or police responded to a complaint about noise on the 5000 block of xxx street. No one could be located. Get it??? If you don't read the red light round up you are missing some very fun reading. Atascaderans report everything and anything. Someone knocked over my trash can, I saw a strange person walking down the road, I saw a car speeding 30 minutes ago,someone used fowl langauage. The best one was the man hiding in the bushes pointing something at cars while they enetered a 101 onramp, it turned out to be a traffic counter!
    This accident was intentionally covered up from the public.
    By: Anonymous on 8/3/08
    Somebody knows why this wasn't in the redlight roundup yet no one says. Coverup!
    By: Anonymous on 8/3/08
    Lets see 2:30 am(going home from work) and i'm pulled over under the guise of a "wide turn" and I get the Have you been drinking BS.Next time i'll know to mention my water bottle.By the way……..was that posted in the Red Light Round-up? lol
    By: Anonymous on 8/3/08
    You've got to be kidding.Hits 4 cars and flips and he was only driving 35 mph. ahhhh the things we do for Law………
    I'll bet the dude was drunk as a skunk and the City Police just covered it up.I sure do feel better knowing their out there protecting themselves…errr….us.What a joke.How do you say COVERUP.
    By: Anonymous on 8/3/08
    You've got to be kidding.Hits 4 cars and flips and he was only driving 35 mph. ahhhh the things we do for Law………
    I'll bet the dude was drunk as a skunk and the City Police just covered it up.I sure do feel better knowing their out there protecting themselves…errr….us.What a joke.How do you say COVERUP.
    By: Anonymous on 8/2/08
    SLO NEWS DAY = insert coverup story. This site has the potential to do some good, but I wish the folks here would allow their hard-hitting pieces to define this website and leave the non-stories to the Atascadero News. By the way, Deputy Goossens is a good man, and just far enough out there that those of us who know him personally figure he probably WAS reaching for a water bottle when he struck the cars.
    By: Anonymous on 8/2/08
    I know this is off the subject but…can someone please tell me where to find the "redlight round-up?" Is it on-line? My friend had mentioned it to me on an unrelated situation. Thanks!
    By: Anonymous on 8/1/08
    Everyone on this site needs to back away from the bong! Its making you paranoid schizo's lol. I love how everything is a cover up and a conspiracy…I'll keep trolling these forums with the rest of ya'll…this is highly entertaining.
    By: Anonymous on 8/1/08
    South Cty Res., Number 2 comes into play only under certain circumstances. If they smell blood on one of their comrades, they'll be the first in line to start ripping apart his flesh like sharks, especially if it could possibly make themselves look better in their twisted little worlds.It's really a weird culture, worthy of some study for the sake of us all.
    By: Anonymous on 8/1/08
    It's not necessarily about what we have learned. It's more about what our various local government officials has learned. They have learned that uncoveredslo is around and that there are people in the
    inner sanctums that don't approve of cover-ups and are willing to report it. Good for uncoveredslo.com and good for us.

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  7. ccn_debate says:

    By: Anonymous on 8/1/08
    So, what have we learned based on this article?

    1) Cops somehow can't drive as fast as their bloated egos tell them they should.
    2) Cops stick up for cops, blue-on-blue trumps all and rules are for the rest of us "perps"

    Oh yeah, we already knew this!
    By: Anonymous on 7/31/08
    "Semper interulae gero"
    By: Anonymous on 7/31/08
    Insider attacks Brennler on every blog. He always tries to turn issues into Wal-Mart. We have learned to ignore him when he starts with his obtuse statements and name calling.
    By: Anonymous on 7/31/08
    Brennler has nothing to do with squat. If he did the FBI would be investigating this.
    I guess I am glad to live in a place where people raise a fuss of dumb stuff like this.
    By: Anonymous on 7/31/08
    There are three kinds of lies:
    Lies, Dambed Lies and Statistics
    By: Anonymous on 7/31/08
    I wonder why everything is blamed on Bremmler. The PD is relatively autonomous from any city gummint so I don't know if there is a connection. The comments from the PD about 'investigating' are lame, how long has it been? How long does this take? He was medicated, drunk, reckless, speeding-or not. What's the big whoop? As with the investment and developer crooks who stole hundreds of millions of dollars from local citizens why do the authorities take so long to do so little? Where is the DA in all these affairs?
    I think our 'public guardians' are not very diligent. Something to keep in mind next election.
    By: Anonymous on 7/31/08
    Not picking, just fooling around…be careful about being too serious, it could lead to not having any fun.

    Semper ubi sububi
    By: Anonymous on 7/31/08
    You girls settle down now. This story is about corruption in the Atascadero PD and Brennlers acceptance of it. Mike will throw you out of the City Council chambers if you smirk however.
    By: Anonymous on 7/31/08
    To Not buying it – How would I know that? Do you think that I'm Karen? I can assure you that I'm not. Why are you picking on the advertiser? There are going to be many advertisers and she can prove what her log on stats are.
    By: Anonymous on 7/31/08
    carol thanks …maybe you can tell me why the Blue Sky Garden advertiser on this site spells walnut with a lower-case w…that has been bothering me

    Some would say it's a fashion statement, but looks like spell-check retardation.
    By: Anonymous on 7/31/08
    To Not buying it –
    I got the stats from asking Karen at various times how many people have logged onto her site. Those stats seem to hold with other blogs too.

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