Read his statement.That officer knew the dangers of a high speed pit maneuver but he had to take it. He saw the truck go into the left lane at high speeds and that showed the truck driver would do it again in traffic. The cop did what he had to do to save other people's lives.
"After I relayed the suspect’s actions to Troop H Dispatch, Sgt. Brandon Margis advised that due to Battenfield’s extremely reckless driving, and lack of due regard for the safety of the public that I needed to get the pickup stopped immediately. I then attempted a PIT maneuver to stop the vehicle. While executing the PIT, my unit collided with the passenger side of the suspect vehicle. As a result, both vehicles traveled off the roadway and into the east side ditch."Read his statement.
He was ordered to take action. He didn't do it on his own accord.
I would like to know what he was driving. The other officers definitely knew that he had the fastest car. He blew by them when he initially fell in to the chase.
Yes indeed. It is amazing how many drivers have no clue how to use their rear view mirror.I watched the entire video, and one thing I noticed is that, while most drivers were alert enough to get over, some were apparently oblivious to what was happening around them, and didn't attempt to move over out of the way. The officer kept his composure and passed on the left mostly, and seemed almost textbook in his pursuit.
Some agencies have policy against PIT, he had went some 20 miles putting countless people at risk and I’m guess at the time they wasn’t 100% positive who was driving. You would be amazed how many times chases are done in stolen / borrowed vehiclesI’m just curious what they were chasing him for?
They got the tag, surely they could locate him but not through a dangerous chase to others.
They didn’t do that to OJ (suspected murderer) running 35 on an interstate.
Just wondering what he was wanted for.
crazy crash for sure
^^THIS^^Some agencies have policy against PIT, he had went some 20 miles putting countless people at risk and I’m guess at the time they wasn’t 100% positive who was driving. You would be amazed how many times chases are done in stolen / borrowed vehicles
I'm thinking the others were local, and he was state. Also noticed his car had a push bar, where the others didn't.^^THIS^^
As stated in his statement, they were chasing as a result of his driving prior to being pursued. He had already risked others lives.
It's a no win situation. If they don't pursue and he kills someone, they get blamed. If they do pursue and someone gets killed or injured, they get the blame.
It's easy to Monday-morning quarterback this one.
I'm just glad the officer survived.
I'd still like to know if his car being the fastest was why the other officers allowed him to be the lead chaser.
Or could it have been that he was state trooper and others were local?
German spec VW Jetta - would outrun my BMW in a big way. Normal speed was 170-180kph, more to pass as needed.