Police Arrest Three Georgia Men Following Car Chase that Caused Collision in Virginia
CHRISTIANSBURG, VA - Wdbj7.com writes that officers arrested three men following a dramatic car chase in Virginia. All three of the suspects are from Atlanta, Georgia. The incident began when a bank in Riner reported that someone was attempting to cash a suspicious check. An officer saw a vehicle matching the description of the suspects’ and attempted to stop the car. The driver fled onto Interstate 81 northbound.*
A bystander’s vehicle struck a police car in the midst of the harrowing chase. The suspect’s car was stopped when an officer used a pit maneuver to prevent the chase from continuing. A witness described the scene saying the car went sideways, and then police surrounded the vehicle. The car the suspects attempted to flee in was severely damaged with its windshields smashed, damage to its side, and to its front and back.
The suspects are each facing multiple charges. The driver’s offenses include a failure to stop for law enforcement, speeding more than twenty miles per hour above the posted limit, and reckless driving.
Police chases are one of the most hazardous parts of officer’s jobs. Not only do these events put the suspects and officers in jeopardy, but they create severe risks to the public as well. In many cases, the chase is a greater threat than the person being pursued. Law enforcement departments around the nation have instituted strict guidelines for when police may engage in chases. Suspects who are considered dangerous or threats to the public will face the possibility of pursuit when less dangerous petty criminals may not. Of course, suspects who are believed to have committed minor offenses may panic and flee officers putting the public in harm’s way even if police choose not to engage in a chase.
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Sources:https://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/Police-gathered-along-I-81-in-Roanoke-Montgomery-counties-567364341.html and https://www.usatoday.com/pages/interactives/high-speed-chases/
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