Andrew "Andy" Stratowski is a former Army Officer who was the temporary new lieutenant watch commander at California High Patrol during first shift at Central. He had graduated from the Academy back in the spring of 1965 along with his former partner Joseph Getraer, who is now a Sargent, including book-smart Harold Bates that has recently been promoted to Captain, and former colleague Thomas Cory, Sr. who was busted for running an auto theft ring back in the winter of 1977.
Andy had started out in patrol car in the summer of that same year and would eventually decide to complete a riding course at motor school in order to become a motorcycle officer. He was eventually involved in a serious motorcycle accident in the line of duty. He decided to take an assignment in personnel at the Sacramento office before going back to patrol car. He would eventually became a sargent on third shift.
Andy had just recently started having a large amounts of headaches, including mood swings. He was misdiagnosed at UCLA Medical Center with Episodic Dyscontrol Syndrome, which causes his behavioral patterns to change quite dramatically and places him at risk of endangering the safety of his colleagues while out on patrol. Andy was on lunch break at the Diary Queen and witnessed two rival college students that were hired to steal the dean's car from the UCLA parking lot as part of a prank. He drove recklessly and accidentally caused officer Francis Poncherello to fly off a motorcycle on a embankment and endangered officer Jonathan Baker during a police pursuit.