Suisun police chief calls for backup in Vacaville

By From page A4 | May 17, 2014

VACAVILLE — Amid the Friday night festivities in downtown Vacaville, an off-duty Suisun City police officer upheld the oath he took when he pinned on his badge to serve and protect.

Suisun City Police Chief Ed Dadisho saw a man getting into a car in the parking lot behind the Cheers bar on Merchant shortly after 7 p.m.

Dadisho has seen lots of drunks in his years as a cop and he understands the consequences of drinking and driving. He realized the guy was in no condition to be on the road. Dadisho, even though wearing shorts, sandals and sunglasses, knew he was duty-bound to stop the man from driving off.

The intervention quickly turned weird and Dadisho called 911 for help, telling the dispatcher he had a suspect at gunpoint.

Within minutes, a pair of Vacaville cops and their watch commander were at the parking lot. But before the local cops arrived, the unidentified suspect took off running, leaving behind his car and his 58-year-old female companion.

Dadisho declined to comment on the incident.

Absent a suspect, there was little Vacaville cops could do other than arrange for a taxi ride home for the abandoned companion, who was also in no condition to drive.

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Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • George Guynn, JrMay 17, 2014 - 8:15 am

    So, let me get this straight. The Chief had been eating too many donuts and couldn't chase the suspect on foot? This sounds like what happens in Rich Giddens neighborhood!

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  • In responseMay 17, 2014 - 9:03 am

    Or maybe the cop did his duty by getting him off the road... stayed with the car and passenger so the could track down the suspect by gathering information from the car and passenger instead of running the risk of the passenger getting into the drivers seat and driving off while he was chasing down the suspect...

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  • 2realMay 17, 2014 - 10:09 am

    The days of this 6 figure chief running down a suspect are long gone.

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  • Susan B.May 17, 2014 - 10:46 am

    I am quite sure the Suisun Police Chief acted and reacted as needed for the situation.

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  • Mayor SanchezMay 17, 2014 - 12:12 pm

    The suspect was too drunk to drive but afraid enough of the chief's gun he quickly ran away leaving his also-drunken date. Great job Chief Dadisho. Thanks for keeping everyone safe. Even on your day off. : )

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  • JBMay 17, 2014 - 8:01 pm

    So the chief pointed his gun at a misdemeanor suspect. I smell a lawsuit.

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  • George Guynn, JrMay 18, 2014 - 1:34 pm

    Susan B, aren't you really Suzanne Bragdon the city manager of Suisun and doesn't your bloated pay check depend on comments/misinformation like you made in this blog. What proof have you that the chief acted properly? Sounds like more of the garbage you preach about how great Suisun WalMart is going to be for its residents, in spite of low wages and much more crime! BTW, since when are the police allowed to pull a gun on the public for just being drunk? JB is likely correct about a law suit coming!!!! Remember that come election time and vote out Pot Hole Pete, Da Mayor.

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  • Nancymd016May 19, 2014 - 11:38 am

    So let me get this straight George...you would rather have a drunk driver on the streets...I hope you never have to experience the loss of a family member by a drunk driver...

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  • General Fadi BasemMay 19, 2014 - 7:03 pm

    Thanks to Chief Dadisho for doing his job. I think 3% at 50 is unsustainable and that the President of Solano Community College should be able to afford his own car on his salary. But good job Chief. Too bad the locals could not respond soon enough to your call for help. Kinda like us citizens===I'm still waiting for a return call from VVPD for a May 2011 422 complaint. The Chief got great service!

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