Sheriff's Deputies Fortunate to Escape Injury in Crash
BURKE COUNTY, GA — Two sheriff's deputies escaped injury after initiating a chase with an all-terrain vehicle, or ATV. The ill-fated police pursuit started in Burke County according to the Augusta Chronicle. The sheriff's office requested officers from the Georgia State Patrol handle the crash investigation, which remains on-going.
Corporal Cory Barrs and Deputy Eric Madison from the Burke County Sherriff's Office were fortunate to avoid injury in a two-vehicle crash Sunday. Around 3:05 p.m., Georgia State Patrol officers who were called in to investigate said that the two Burke County law enforcement officers were riding in a patrol car when they noticed ATVs on Highway 56 northbound, in the vicinity of Cates Mead Road.
Corporal Barrs was operating the police vehicle southbound when the officers made their observation. In response, Corporal Barrs turned the police vehicle into the northbound lane to give chase. It was at that time another vehicle heading north on Highway 56 slammed into the patrol car. The investigating Georgia State Patrol officers said that the operator of the civilian vehicle that struck the patrol cruiser could not stop in time. Fortunately, neither the sheriff's deputies nor the civilian motorist suffered any injuries. The ATV riders evaded capture.
Police chases kill 323 people per year on average, according to the Washington Post. The tragedy is that 27 percentor about 87 people killed per year are innocent bystanders. Amazingly, 91 percent of all chase initiated start due to a non-violent crime or a civil motor vehicle infraction.
Police pursuits are inherently dangerous for the law enforcement officer as well as the fleeing driver. Chases become even more dangerous when they reach high speeds. Despite the danger, police pursuits are necessary to capture a violent felon. However, police departments around the country are revising their pursuit policies to avoid endangering the public at large and the individuals involved in the case specifically.
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