Women who drove on Interstate 17 or Interstate 10 in the Glendale and West Phoenix areas late at night over the last year were in danger of being preyed on by an alleged rogue trooper.
Tremaine Jackson, a 43-year-old Buckeye resident, is a former Arizona Department of Safety trooper who was fired shortly before his Sept. 10 arrest.
He faces 61 charges, including kidnapping, false imprisonment and attempted sexual assault of eight women.
A preliminary hearing for Jackson that was scheduled for Sept. 20 was delayed until this Friday, according to the Superior Court of Arizona.
All of the eight allegedly unlawful stops Jackson made took place late at night. Five of them were off of I-10, between I-17 and U.S. 101.
Two allegedly unlawful stops by Jackson were off of I-17, one at Thomas Road, the other Northern Avenue on the outskirts of Glendale.
According to a summary document released by DPS, Jackson often kept women at roadside for extended periods of time, insinuating he would release them if they offered sexual favors.
At 3:29 a.m. on Dec. 23, Jackson allegedly made an illegal stop on the I-10 in Buckeye. He directed the driver to stop on Verrado Way, about 3 miles from the West Solano Drive address that Jackson gave as his residence when he was arrested.
Jackson allegedly took the victim’s keys and phone. According to the document, the victim repeatedly asked Jackson to let her go.
“What are you willing to do?” Jackson allegedly responded.
The case made national news, with CNN and the New York Times detailing the charges.
“We are horrified,” DPS Director Col. Frank Milstead said, in a press conference announcing Jackson’s termination and arrest.
The 61 charges stem from eight unlawful traffic stops that Jackson is alleged to have made.
At the Sept. 10 press conference, Milstead asked members of the public who felt they were treated inappropriately by Jackson to call DPS.
“Potential victims have been identified since the press conference,” DPS Sgt. Kameron Lee said.
“We can’t discuss how many calls we have received.”
Jackson allegedly entered false information into a computer system to hide traffic stops as long as an hour long. During the stops, he is said to have kept frightened women from leaving the scenes, often asking for their phone numbers.
According to documents released to the press, “Jackson generated DPS warnings with false information, false times, false locations, false violations and with no … violation of the law to conduct the traffic stop.”
Lee was asked if the Jackson case led to any department changes and/or reviews, particularly with regard to stops and tracking.
“The department already highly tracks activity and has policies in place requiring the accurate tracking of activity to include traffic stops,” Lee responded. “Jackson made the conscious decision to violate those policies and public trust as displayed by his behavior.”
This phrase was repeated in the summaries of several other alleged unlawful stops by Jackson.
Lee was asked if DPS had tips for any public members who feel they are being treated inappropriately on a stop.
“A person call always request the presence of a supervisor or a second trooper on a stop,” Lee said. “Almost all of our traffic stops are handled professionally, as we expect they should.
“We receive very few complaints in comparison to the number of citizen contact we have on a daily basis. Troopers are directed to be cordial and respectful; to give their names and reason for the stop as well as explain the outcome of each stop.”
Those who feel Jackson treated them inappropriately are encouraged by AZDPS to call the victim hotline number, 602-223-2389.
Victims can also visit azdps.gov/jackson to submit a report.