Heightened concerns for stop stick use after police officers hit during pursuits

By Jatara McGee, wlwt.com


The conversation is growing and changing surrounding officer safety during police pursuits

Locally, it shifted this weekend after a Boone County sheriff’s deputy was hit while laying stop sticks at U.S. 42 and I-71/75.

Lt. Chris Hall, a 20 year veteran of the department, was hit by the car he was trying to stop late Friday night. He went home from the hospital Saturday and is recovering from a leg fracture. He also has several stitches in one of his arms. Read more here.

AZDPS Troopers Use StarChase in Pinal Pursuit

Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers used a GPS tracking system to follow a Phoenix man in a pursuit on Pinal freeways.

According to Pinal County Superior Court records, Jessie L. Edwards, 31, is charged with unlawful flight and prohibited possession of a weapon.

At around 10 a.m. on Oct. 5, a DPS trooper attempted to stop Edwards’ green Escalade near milepost 233 on westbound Interstate 10 for his windows being tinted too darkly. Edwards allegedly refused to stop for the officer’s marked patrol unit and accelerated to about 100 mph in a 75 mph zone.