As many of you know, I spent some time in the past working as a Courier at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in Las Vegas. I did a lot of growing up while working that job, and while working at the jail I met some people who would have a tremendous impact on my life.
One of those people was Dan Leach. He was a corrections officer in the jail and he was one of the most level headed, honest, and nicest people I have ever met in my life. Dan lost his life on Saturday morning while driving a prisoner transport vehicle.
A Metro Police corrections officer was killed in a vehicle accident this morning on U.S. 95 near Searchlight.
Officer Daniel Leach, 49, of Boulder City, was driving a prisoner transport vehicle from the Clark County Detention Center to the Tucker Holding Facility in Laughlin.
The accident occurred at 5:45 a.m. as Leach was driving southbound on U.S. 95 about a mile north of Searchlight.
Police said Leach’s vehicle collided with the second of two trailers on a semi-truck as the truck pulled out from a side street while making a left turn to go northbound on the divided highway.
Leach was killed instantly, police said. The driver and passenger of the truck weren’t injured and there were no other passengers in the Metro vehicle.
My heart goes out to Dan’s family, as well as his fellow officers at the jail. It’s been nearly two decades since I worked at the detention center, but I still feel like I am part of that family and it hurts when you have to say goodbye, especially like this.
Rest In Peace, Dan.