Minnesota police officers that were recently in a high speed chase are explaining the dangers of such a practice, and why they made the decision to abandon the pursuit of the suspect.
The incident in question occurred Wednesday, when officers with the Wright County Sheriff’s Department responded to a reported assault in the city of St. Michael. A suspect fled from the cops, heading down eastbound State Highway 241, before going east on Interstate 94, and eventually turning south into Bloomington by way of Interstate 494.
In the process, the fleeing suspect nearly crashed into a biker, weaved in and out of traffic, and generally put public safety at risk. Because of this, the officers abandoned the chase.
In explaining their decision, the police have said that they had to weigh the offense against a need to preserve public safety. They felt that because they have plenty of information about the suspect in question, they can arrest him later in a way that won’t endanger people along the highway.
They said that one must consider such things as traffic flow and the time of day. Officers worry that units might get so focused on catching the suspect that that is all they end up paying attention to.
As a car accident lawyer in San Francisco, I’ve seen and heard about my fair share of car chases. Arresting offenders is important, for sure, but it’s clear that a dangerous chase isn’t always warranted. I hope as a San Francisco personal injury lawyer that all officers express sound judgment.