DAYTON -- A wild police chase through the streets of Dayton, as officers chased robbery suspects. In the end two men were arrested and no-one was hurt. But was it worth the risk to other drivers?
There are groups out there who are working to eliminate police chases in our county all together. Experts tell us the most recent research says one person a day dies from police chase.
"There's an epidemic and it's been going on for years," Jon Farris of PursuitSAFETY said Tuesday (April 21, 2015). "We believe that pursuits should only happen in the event of a violent felony and when there are no other options.".
We spoke to Farris by phone in Indiana.
Jon's 23-year-old son Paul was killed as an innocent bystander in a police chase in 2007.
"As a result of someone making an illegal U-turn and a pursuit that wasn't necessary, Paul died, the taxi driver died," Farris said.
Back here in Dayton Major Matt Carper told us on Thursday, the chase was necessary.
"We balance the safety of the public in the pursuit with the seriousness of the charges in this case the seriousness of the charges was aggravated robbery with shots being fired at the victim," Dayton Police Major Matt Carper explained.
PursuitSAFETY promotes the use of new technology like Star Chase which uses a GPS bullet to catch bad guys.
"Are 20 vehicles chasing another vehicle significantly above the speed limit is that a safe situation? Is there a safer way?"Farris said. "Fire and attach the GPS to that vehicle if that person begins to run and in that case they never have to chase they never have to turn your lights on."
We got our hands on Dayton Police pursuit policy;
It says police should only pursue felony suspects. The officer must evaluate the situation by asking various questions like 'Does the severity of the crime warrant danger to the public?' and 'Will the pursuit travel through school zones, residential streets, business districts, or highways?'
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