Character-related Frequently Asked Questions
Jon Baker
Frank Poncherello
Sgt. Getraer
Bobby Nelson
Bruce Nelson
Arthur Grossman
Harlan Arliss
Barry Baricza
Sindy Cahill
Bonnie Clark
Gene Fritz
Kathy Linahan
Steve McLeish
Jeb Turner
Ben Webster

2) Did anyone ever die on the show?
  • There were 11 deaths in one accident in "Mait Team"
  • An officer was killed in the line of duty in "Death Watch"
  • A drunk guy's wife killed was in a car accident by her own husband at the end of "Wheels of Justice"
  • A dying CHP officer dies in "Sick Leave" when after saving a girl from a car just before it explodes and sends metal into his back
  • A fireman dies after his car explodes in "Dead Man's Riddle"
  • 1 death in "A Simple Operation" when Getraer's roommate at the Valley General Hospital died from cardiac arrest (actually it was murder by lethal injection)
  • A person is murdered in "Mitchell & Woods" and another drives his car off a cliff
  • Six mannequins suffered fatal injuries (according to Jon) in "The Game of War" (but we won't count those)
  • Ponch's fiancee died in "Head Over Heels"
  • Although the person was never seen, a liver donor died during "Journey to a Spacecraft" and saved a 10-year-old kid
Total = 19 deaths!

3) Did anyone ever draw their weapon?
The episodes "Rainy Day", "Peaks and Valleys", and "Karate" may be the only episodes where a CHP officer pulls his weapon. In each of these three times, it's always Baricza. (There are a number of instances when the bad guy has a we won't count those.)
Also, pay attention to the theme and you'll see Ponch's weapon in the holster. In the second 6th season version, Bruce is seen target shooting.