Volunteer police officer killed while driving through sobriety checkpoint; 4 arrested

A volunteer policeman was killed on Saturday morning when he was mowed down by a vehicle at a checkpoint set up to check drunk drivers in the central town of Rishon Lezion.

The man, later named Amichai Carmely, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene by medics.

Three other people were injured – two police officers were slightly injured and a passenger in the vehicle was slightly injured.

Carmely was a resident of Rishon Lezion. He is survived by his wife and two children aged 19 and 16.

“Father, how can we write or talk about you in the past tense? Said Sagi Carmely, 16, according to Channel 12 news. “I don’t know what to say or do or how to behave, but I’m going to try anyway because you always told me that if I don’t try, I won’t know.”

Israel Police Traffic Unit Chief Yehuda Ben-Atar praised Carmely as “professional, courageous and salt of the earth.”

Four people, all residing in the southern Bedouin town of Rahat, have been arrested in connection with the incident. They are due in court for a hearing on Saturday evening.

The scene where a volunteer policeman was killed when a driver passed a sobriety check, June 11, 2022 (Magen David Adom)

Police believe the vehicle had previously hit a taxi in Rishon Lezion, and the group then fled towards the Beit Dagan interchange, past Derech Ha’Maccabim where police volunteers had set up the checkpoint to apprehend drunk drivers.

The driver did not stop and collided with the volunteer police officers.

An eyewitness said the vehicle zigzagged on approach and the driver appeared to lose control as he attempted to drive through the checkpoint without stopping, hitting a number of officers and vehicles.

“The vehicle drove wildly and threw two vehicles that were parked at the checkpoint into the air,” the witness told Channel 12.

The scene where a volunteer policeman was killed when a driver drove through a sobriety checkpoint, June 11, 2022 (Israel Police)

Police said they have opened an investigation into the incident and the perpetrators will face the full force of the law.

In a statement, Israel Police said Carmely was a ‘good and elite’ volunteer who worked at the sobriety checkpoint overnight from Friday to Saturday in hopes it would save the lives of young people and their lives. would allow them to return home. Parents.

Police say Carmely had been a volunteer for more than 15 years and his grandfather was a policeman who was also killed in the line of duty – Moshe Carmely was killed by a grenade in Gaza on Erev Day Yom Kippur 1973.

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