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Police Chase in Florida Ends in Two Crashes


May 18, 2020

FL - Northescambia.com writes that a police chase that started in Alabama this week went over state lines and into Florida, where it led to two police cars crashing into one another and the suspect crashing into a truck.*

The incident began in Mobile when the suspect reportedly stole a Chevrolet pickup truck from a dealership. Officers in Alabama began to chase the truck, and the Florida Highway Patrol joined the pursuit as the suspect crossed over the state line. The fleeing truck then struck a large truck on Interstate 10 at the exit for Nine Mile Road. The incident occurred near a checkpoint for COVID-19. The two officers' cars were reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed when they entered the pursuit but crashed with each other. After colliding with the semi, the suspect exited the stolen Chevrolet and attempted to run away on foot. The man entered the woods, but officers were able to apprehend him a short while after the crash. The man is facing multiple criminal charges. The two troopers who crashed were both injured. One of the officers had to be extricated from his patrol car. Responders brought the injured state troopers to the Sacred Heart Hospital for treatment. Reports indicate that the officers are in stable condition. 

A spokesperson for the Florida Highway Patrol stated that their officers can pursue suspects who are felons, driving recklessly or are impaired, but that they must also consider risks to the public. If the conditions are too dangerous, they will have to call off the chase. The Florida Highway Patrol stated that their officers were acting appropriately in their decision to pursue the suspect in this instance.

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Sources:

http://www.northescambia.com/2020/05/two-fhp-troopers-crash-during-i-10-police-chase-of-stolen-vehicle


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