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Driver Collides with Police Vehicle in Car Chase in Florida


March 11, 2020

HOLMES COUNTY, FL- Mypanhandle.com writes that a car chase ended after a collision between the suspect and a police vehicle in Holmes County this week. Police stated that the eighteen-year-old suspect fled officers when they attempted to stop her car, which had no tags.*

The woman reportedly crossed into Alabama, where she slammed on her brakes in an apparent attempt to cause an officer to rear-end her car. The driver then veered into oncoming traffic before turning and nearly colliding with a bystander’s vehicle. 

The chase carried on, and the driver reentered Florida, where the woman crashed into a ditch. As officers approached, she put her vehicle into reverse in an attempt to drive back out of the ditch and struck an officer’s car before driving away again. Officers eventually caught the teen and arrested her on Culbreath Road. Police detained the woman and then charged her for fleeing the scene of a crash and aggravated assault, driving without a license and fleeing and eluding law enforcement. 

Car chases often end in a collision. Many police departments have strict codes limiting when an officer may pursue a suspect. Thousands of people have been killed in police chases. Suspects are the most common victim in a police chase, but in many instances, innocent bystanders are struck and killed as well. When it comes to determining whether a chase should be initiated, officers must consider not only the risks presented by the fleeing driver but the dangers to the public that would be presented by a police chase. In many cases, the chases are more hazardous than the person the police are pursuing. 

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Sources:https://www.mypanhandle.com/news/woman-crashes-into-deputy-patrol-car-during-chase/ and https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/07/30/police-pursuits-fatal-injuries/30187827/


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