South Fulton Police Release Official Chase Policy After Triple-Fatality Crash
SOUTH FULTON, GA. – An online news report from 11alive.com indicates that the South Fulton Police Department of South Fulton, Georgia, released its official chase policy after a police chase ended in the deaths of three people.*
South Fulton Police officer Deontae Walker was chasing a driver in a stolen vehicle when a van crossed into his path. The police cruiser collided with the van, and three people tragically died in the fiery impact. The three victims have not been identified. Walker was injured and treated at a local hospital. He has since been released.
The crash is still under investigation by Georgia State Patrol, but it prompted the South Fulton Police Department to release its chase policy to the public. The policy says a stolen vehicle is a justifiable reason to give chase, but the policy goes on to say that an officer should do “everything within his/her authority to apprehend the subject without resorting to a high-speed chase.”
In addition, the policy states that the officer has a duty to “avoid contributing to the danger already created by the violating motorist(s)” and says an officer must end a chase when it has become an “unreasonable danger.” A “clear danger,” according to the policy, exists “when speeds dangerously exceed the normal flow of traffic, or when vehicular and pedestrian traffic necessitates dangerous maneuvering that exceeds the performance of his/her vehicle or driver.”
South Fulton Police Chief Keith Meadows said it is too early to know whether the November 12 chase violated the department’s policy. He said the department would conduct an investigation into any potential violations when Georgia State Patrol had completed its investigation of the accident.
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