Officer Michael Allen Brandt
Tour of Duty: 8 years
Badge Number: 9483
Cause of Death: Traffic Collision (Vehicle Pursuit)
Date of Incident: April 6, 1987
Weapon Used: Automobile
Suspect Info: Charged with felony manslaughter
Officer Michael Brandt was killed in a traffic collision while chasing a suspected drunk driver on State Highway 74 near Palm Desert. During the pursuit, Officer Brandt’s vehicle went over a 15-foot embankment and overturned. The vehicle he was chasing was found 150 feet down the side of a mountain with the driver and two children having been ejected. The driver was charged with felony DUI, felony manslaughter, and child endangerment. Officer Brandt had been with the California Highway Patrol for eight years and was survived by his wife, two daughters, and parents. Officer brandt was assigned to the CHP’s Indio Area office.
Officer Brandt’s burial site is not known.