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Texas Officers Disciplined for Ending Chase with Armored Vehicle PIT Maneuver

June 02, 2015  | 

A Fort Worth police officer has been removed from the SWAT team and a second officer has been stripped of his badge and gun while the police department investigates their roles in a highly-publicized car chase last Wednesday, according to multiple law enforcement sources.

The chase dragged on for about two hours until a SWAT member disabled the car in Arlington along Interstate 30 near Six Flags Over Texas to end the pursuit.

Officer Dennis Alice was driving a Lenco Bearcat armored vehicle when he performed a "PIT maneuver," or a Precision Immobililzation Technique, to force the driver's vehicle into a spin to end the pursuit.

Fort Worth Police Department policy does not allow officers to do PIT maneuvers and the move was not authorized, sources told NBC DFW TV.

Related:

Video: Texas Car Chase Ends in Crash With SWAT Vehicle


Comments (10)

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Randy @ 6/2/2015 4:07 PM

This is certainly an example of what is wrong with policing today. I can't think of a better way to end this and now they want to jam up these guys for making a great call. Just like BMore, the public is going to get what they ask for.

Mark @ 6/2/2015 5:55 PM

This is BAD policing all the way around. Fort Worth PD needs to pull their head out of their you know what. If you are going to allow chasing then you also need to allow your officers to end the chase. If you don't want to allow your officers to end the chase then don't let them chase period. Whoever is witting policies and making decisions at Forth Worth PD needs to be forcibly retired from law enforcement for good.

kevCopAz @ 6/2/2015 7:22 PM

what a load of crap! An officer takes the initiative and does the right move, nobody injured and the suspect arrested and he gets discipline?? Should he of allowed the chase to continue until an innocent person was killed (or even the suspect) in a crash? Then the department would be sued! Im guessing the suspect will now sue since the action was "out of policy". This is so very stupid. If the officer had injured someone or killed someone with an "out of policy move" then perhaps, but nothing like that happened, the suspect was caught the chase ended and innocent folks were not harmed.

Scott in KS @ 6/3/2015 6:42 AM

Departmental Standard Operating Procedures/SOPs are the guidelines for operating a police agency. Officers agree to them, sign for their updates, and most of the time follow them. There are situations that fall outside of them. The rule of common sense seems to prevail in this case. How often does an officer in a Bearcat have the opportunity to PIT a suspect vehicle to end a nearly two hour dangerous pursuit? Basically never. Kudos to good police work and using your initiative to the officers involved. It often depends on who violates a policy as to what action is taken. Some get a commendation and/or later promoted for such actions while others get the other end of the spectrum. Be glad that there are such quick thinking officers who work for your agency and good luck at getting an equal replacement.

hospitalchief @ 6/3/2015 9:14 AM

Hey guys, chase him for another two hours while we figure out how to stop him without using the PIT process. Don't want to scratch our truck.

Captain Obvious @ 6/3/2015 10:22 AM

My department is the same way. We are not PIT trained or authorized to use it. We chased a 187 suspect for 30 minutes and several people had an opportunity to PIT and end the chase but nobody wants to get what these Texas Officer's got....... punished.

Jon Retired LEO @ 6/3/2015 1:39 PM

What a load of crap is right! That department must be so loaded with politics that they have to have side boards on the trailer to hold it all in. Somebody is trying to impress someone in the DOJ as usual.

AZBIGDOG @ 6/5/2015 8:36 PM

Too bad this agency has no one with the courage to tell whoever made this decision that they were wrong and that the officer used the least amount of force available to end what was a rolling felony that endangered the public and the officer. Can only hope clearer heads and higher administration will wise up and decide that yes it was wrong and if it happens again he can be suspended, this time no and a commendation for thinking and acting.

Steve @ 7/4/2015 3:48 PM

What is the police acting like a bunch of pu----s. Let the Police pit the guy!!! He shoulda run the guy over. That runnaway is endangering many lives running away out of control. Stop the madness and put the runnaway and praise the Police for having the balls to do it. away. The police need to grow some nuts and start kicking some asses out there or we're gonna end getting pushed around more. Theyh need to start a New Texas Rangers Patrol. Judge and jury on the street, and see if that will grow a little respect out there.

Steve @ 7/4/2015 3:50 PM

The police are right in pitting and stopping the runnaway from acting like that.
Praise the Police and down with the runnaway. Everybody has the comments right ....

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