Police Chase Leads to Cyclist Being Struck in Atlanta, Georgia
ATLANTA, GA- The ajc.com writes that a cyclist was injured by a vehicle in northwest Atlanta in the course of a police chase. Police report that the suspect, 28-year-old Anjuan Gipp and another person held a man at gunpoint and stealing the man’s car.*
The police saw the stolen vehicle, which was stopped at a red light, and approached. When the suspects saw the police, they proceeded through the red light. The vehicle struck several other vehicles in the course of the chase and struck a cyclist before crashing into a fire hydrant.
The cyclist suffered injuries in the crash. The two suspects fled the scene of thecrash.
One of the suspects was apprehended.
Police chases are becoming less common on the streets in the United States. Police werefinding that once they apprehended a suspect, the person was often violating minor laws like driving on a suspended license or having possession of marijuana. The chase itself puts many people at risk of being injured or killed by either the police vehicle or the suspect’s vehicle. The risks are simply not justifiable in many cases. For many years, around 350 people died annually in police car chases. About one out of every three police chases ended in some form of crash.
Officers are still permitted to pursue suspects, but in many departments, the suspects must have committed a felony, and in some cases, the chase will be ended once the suspect is identified.
The evolving policies acknowledge the sad truth that since 1979, over 5,000 passengers and bystanders have died in police car chases, and at a minimum, 2,456 innocent bystanders died in these collisions. Data on injuries is harder to come by, but estimates indicate that around 7,400 people are hurt in these chases every year.
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