Massachusetts Police Chief Says Officer Should Have Stopped Chase Before Fatal Crash
MASHPEE, MA. – August 30, 2018 (macon.com) The Chief of Police in Mashpee, Massachusetts, is saying an officer should have stopped a high-speed chase before it resulted in a fatal accident. The story is reported online at macon.com.*
On July 28, an officer with the Mashpee Police Department was pursuing 22-year-old Mickey Rivera after he fled during a traffic stop. The chase reached high speeds on Route 28, and Rivera ended up crashing head-on into an SUV.
Rivera died at the scene. A passenger in Rivera’s car, 24-year-old Jocelyn Goyette, died days later. The driver of the SUV, 32-year-old Kevin Quinn, died from his injuries in the crash. Quinn was a Marine veteran and had a newborn son, according to reports.
On August 30, Mashpee Police Chief Scott Carline said in a statement that prior to the crash, the risk of the pursuit outweighed the need for apprehending the suspect, and the officer involved should have called off the chase. Carline said officers wanted to hold themselves accountable to the community.
The officer involved in the chase has not been identified, and it is not clear whether he is still employed by the Mashpee Police Department. No additional information has been released at this time.
According to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, general purpose state and local law enforcement agencies conducted an estimated 68,000 vehicle pursuits in 2012. During 2012, local police conducted eight vehicle pursuits per every 100 officers employed. Sheriff’s offices conducted nine pursuits per every 100 officers employed. Between 1996 and 2015, an average of 355 people were killed each year in pursuit-related crashes. This averaged to about one person a day.
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