Speed A Factor In All Police Chases

Speed A Factor In All Police Chases

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This is video of us driving down interstate 65 at 60 miles an hour. If you speed it up, you get a pretty good idea of what the world looked like to suspected drug traffickers Dwight Singleton and Sydney Clarke before they lost control of their red Chevy cobalt, flipping several times.

An email from a viewer says they counted as many as 30 police vehicles chasing this car.

We asked the sheriff's office whether a deputy thought at any time the pursuit was not safe.

“Once we go through a review process for the whole ordeal, that will be addressed,” says Sgt. Joe Mahoney with the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office.

A potential danger--one deputy had a flat tire that blew during the chase, luckily no one was injured. Chase policy for the international association of chiefs of police demands they consider several things in a pursuit, like road and weather conditions, other cars and people on the street, the performance of all vehicles involved, the seriousness of the offense and any other person inside the police car.

The policy also states that a chase is justified if the officer believes that if he lets the suspect go, he could cause harm to someone else on the road. You'll remember the deputy who was chasing this car yesterday had already seen the car speeding and weaving dangerously in and out of traffic.

We've seen police chases end in tragedy. In august of 2009, a man running from police in the Toulminville community killed a two-year-old girl when his car slammed into hers.

The girl's mother was also pregnant and taken to the hospital in serious condition.

We reached out to Baldwin County Sheriff's Office and the Mobile Police Department about their chase policies, but our calls were not returned. Meanwhile the National Sheriff's Association said they have no policy or stance on police chases.

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