Crash Ends Interstate 75 Police Chase in Macon, Georgia (GA)
MACON, GA- Wgxa.com writes that a car chase occurred in Georgia this week after police officers saw a vehicle that had been reported stolen. The Byron Police Chief stated that an officer called in for backup as he was pursuing a car on Interstate 75.*
Reports indicate that the incident ended in a collision that involved three vehicles. All lanes were shut in the early afternoon following the crash. According to the Chief, the department’s policy is to send additional officers when one vehicle is involved in a pursuit. The backup vehicles are able to assist and to keep watch over their fellow officer. Reports did not detail information regarding those involved in the crash or the extent of any injuries. The Georgia State Patrol will be handling the investigation into the incident. Police chases are sometimes criticized for placing people in harm’s way. The question of the appropriateness of police chases was raised recently in Georgia following the death of a police officer.
Officers in the state explain that the decision to follow a suspect in a car must factor in the circumstances. For instance, the offense that the driver is suspected of, the traffic conditions at the time of the pursuit, and the capabilities of the officer’s vehicle all must be considered. Suspects who present an immediate risk to the public may be followed more often. In 2017, more than half of all pursuits in the state resulted in a collision. Also, close to half of the chases ended with suspects managing to elude the officers.
While suspects often put the public at risk while trying to escape, the officers may also create dangers. It is possible for police to suffer tunnel vision and make driving errors such as running a stop sign in the course of a stressful chase scenario.
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