Police Chase Ends in Collision on Highway 78 in North Charleston, North Carolina
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC- Live5news.com writes that police officers from the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a driver after witnessing a traffic violation, and the driver fled the scene. Police followed in pursuit of the suspect.*
The incident took place in the afternoon earlier this week and began on Redbank Road. The suspects were in a white SUV, which they took onto Highway 78 and then clipped another driver. The SUV then rolled over and crashed onto its side. Images from the scene show the vehicle on the right of the road turned onto its driver’s side.
Three people were in the vehicle when the collision occurred, and the police took all three into custody. The female driver had a warrant out for her arrest in relation to an armed robbery that occurred in Charleston. Police learned that the involved SUV was stolen.
The woman operating the vehicle suffered injuries in the crash.
Police chases are dangerous not only to the officers and the suspects but to everyone involved. These pursuits often kill the fleeing drivers, but also frequently cause tragic fatal crashes involving innocent bystanders at the scene. On average, around 355 people die across the country every year in police chases.
Many police departments across the country have strict regulations regarding when officers can follow suspects. One retired officer told reporters that many chases occur because police lose their tempers. In most cases, the individual being pursued must be suspected of being dangerous and violent. The move is to avoid the risk of a deadly police chase occurring in the effort to arrest a drug user or someone who presents fewer dangers to the public than the chase itself.
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Source:https://www.live5news.com/2019/12/18/chase-with-armed-robbery-suspect-ends-crash-highway/ and https://usa.streetsblog.org/2018/10/19/death-toll-keeps-rising-from-police-chases/