Video: Stop Sticks Halt High-Speed Fla. Pursuit
March 12, 2013
VIDEO: High-Speed Pursuit, Crash In Fla.
A Melbourne, Fla., man who had slashed his father with a knife led police on a high-speed pursuit that ended when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a utility pole.
Melbourne Police officers used Stop Sticks to deflate the tires of the stolen 2010 Ford Focus driven by Michael Andrew Wease late Sunday following the assault, reports the Brevard Times.
Earlier that evening, Wease had stolen his grandmother's Focus. He told family members he was returning to the house, and police located him traveling south on Interstate 95. He exited and headed east on to Eau Gallie Boulevard.
Officers then used Stop Sticks to halt the Focus. Wease was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and arrested.
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Mac @ 3/13/2013 1:15 PM
This video once again shows the inherent danger in deploying stop sticks. The officer who tossed the sticks in front of the perp's car is standing in the curb lane. The perp could have swerved to the right and run that officer over. I question the continued use of a device that killed over 26 LEO's nationwide last year alone and that doesn't include those injured while attempting to deploy sticks.
karyn woods @ 5/17/2013 11:14 AM
I completely agree with Mac - traditional sticks are very dangerous but recently at a tradeshow I saw a new product NightHawk that is a much safer solution for police officers. It is remotely deployed and retracted and is portable with the spikes encased in a protective sleeve. From what I understand, the user can be up to 180ft away. I know there is a video on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqFhlsc6aWc
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