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High-Speed Pursuit In S.C.

North Charleston (S.C.) Police officers arrested four suspects connected to a counterfeiting investigation after a brief high-speed pursuit. Read the full story here.

January 04, 2013

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Dave Holscher @ 1/13/2013 9:35 AM

That pursuit posed a significant risk to the public just for the capture of counterfeiters. It stands to reason that they knew who they were and could capture them later. The department lost a police cruiser and another officer was almost run over by the truck that appeared at the end of the purisuit. The pursuit vehicles were passing traffic on the left and right which is very dangerous and confusing to the public. This could have resulted in a very big law suit just to capture thieves. My career and family is more important to me than that and we owe it to the public to be more responsible during pursuits. In this case the ends does not justify the means.

Scott @ 1/13/2013 11:30 AM

Spoken like a true administrator Dave. No pursuit is perfect. The lead car passed one car on the right and the cover car passed two. Would you rather they rear end the cars instead? There is no way to predict when and if cars will pull to the right. Although not text book, they passed the cars safely. We are reactionary in pursuits and have to make split second decisions. Other than the TC at the end, that pursuit was consistent with my department policy. Not sure how you determined it stands to reason they knew who suspects were or that the only crime was counterfeiting based on this video. Without reading the news article would it be reasonable to believe the truck was stolen or if they indeed knew who the suspects were, they were known to be armed or violent? To post negative things about these Officers based on a short video discredits those of us who still have a desire to take dangerous people off the street.

Don't forget who put the public at risk... the driver of the truck. If you can't see that, time to put a pencil in the holster where a gun should be.

Gary @ 1/15/2013 6:38 AM

Well put Scott. You have to put the thinking cap on. Where ever they implement "no chase" rules, the capture rate drops significantly and bolters increase exponentially.
All evil needs to succeed is for good men to do nothing.

PC9744 @ 1/21/2013 3:15 PM

I'm not brass, but it doesn't take a high rank to recognize a really scary pursuit full of near-misses when you see one. I think the primary officer was lucky to even be able to exit his vehicle after the TC...he was simply going way to fast to react to anything, including the suspects' vehicle crashing directly in his field of vision/focus. I'm gonna go with Dave on this one, and say these officers should've aired on the side of caution. Perhaps a fresh violent felony would have waranted the level of risk taken to apprehend these white-collar crooks. Scott and Gary, it's a tie :^)

Steve @ 1/26/2013 6:58 AM

What's up with the utility truck that almost ran over the cop? And the black SUV who turned across lanes of traffic heading towards the utility truck? Were they normal citizens assisting the police? Or were they part of the group of criminals? The guy in the white shirt takes off chasing the bad guy , then you see him running away from him. What was that all about?

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