High-Speed Crash on Interstate 575 Led to Massive Crash in Cherokee County, Georgia
CHEROKEE, COUNTY, GA- 11alive.com writes that a driver is in the hospital following a crash that ended a police chase in Cherokee County. Police stated that the trooper was following a 1997 GMC Yukon traveling south on the interstate. The officer carried out what is called a pursuit intervention technique, or P.I.T. move to get the driver to stop. P.I.T. maneuvers force the fleeing driver to make an abrupt turn or stop.*
The move led to the vehicles colliding, and the Yukon flipped over.
The officer did not suffer severe injuries, but the suspect ended up in the hospital with injuries he sustained in the collision.
The crash slowed traffic in the area. The reason the trooper initially tried to stop the Yukon is not currently known.
Police have strict rules they must follow when it comes to pursuing suspects in a car chase. These chases are dangerous and often lead to injuries and fatalities. While the most likely victim in these events is the fleeing driver, many bystanders have also died in these crashes. The death toll from police chases is higher than that of tornadoes.
Police chases are often criticized because officers may engage in the pursuit of a person suspected in non-violent crime. Policies at many police departments are meant to limit chases to when the suspect is a real threat. Unfortunately, in many cases, the chase proves more of a hazard to the public than the criminal. Despite more departments having rules about when officers can and cannot pursue a suspect, the number of deaths from these pursuits continues to rise rather than decline. The reality is not like a movie, according to one retired officer, because the results are not always a happy ending.
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Sources:https://www.11alive.com/article/traffic/i-575-pursuit/85-7608222e-fd18-4e58-a547-09b11f219345 and https://usa.streetsblog.org/2018/10/19/death-toll-keeps-rising-from-police-chases/
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