Sheriff's Captain Charles Joseph Ogle, a 28-year
veteran of the Sheriff's Department, died in Sutter Hospital several
hours after his squad car was struck by a taxicab. The accident
occurred at the intersection of Airport Road and Grand Avenue at
2:15 a.m. The Highway Patrol reported Captain Ogle and Deputy Gene
Roark were parked in the car off the pavement when the taxi struck
the unit broadside. Roark was thrown from the car and sustained
only cuts and bruises. The driver of the cab suffered only minor
The driver of the cab said he thought the squad
car was going to pull across Airport Road, upon which he was traveling,
so he pulled to the right in an effort to go behind it. The taxi
showed 65 feet of skid marks. Ogle joined the department under Sheriff
Ellis Jones and during the prohibition era he worked under then
undersheriff and later Sheriff Don Cox in stamping out liquor operations.
Law enforcement was Captain Ogle's main interest
and he was reportedly an excellent detective. At the time he died,
he had been serving in the department's "advisement branch"
to younger deputies. His main occupation was the inside night captain's
desk, but on the midnight shift he often took over squad car duties.
Upon learning of Captain Ogle's death, Judge Coughlin
of the Sacramento Superior Court interrupted the scheduled calendar
to express his personal sorrow, calling Ogle an "outstanding
public servant." Two attorneys in the courtroom, standing before
the bench, were called upon to say a few words about the 50-year
old veteran and each praised him highly.
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