High-speed chases come with consequences
On Aug. 8, we read of a death directly related to a police chase at high speeds. The following Saturday yet another chase resulted in injuries to the one being chased and injury to an innocent and serious damage to his vehicle.
When offenses are committed, the police must feel a compulsion to immediately catch the “bad guy.” I can’t help wonder if those in pursuit consider the innocent drivers along the way who likely can be catastrophically involved.
In the case of the Aug. 13 speeder, surely the chasing officer was aware that road is hilly, curvy and somewhat dangerous even at normal speeds. Where is the logic of chasing under those conditions? Was the original offense of speeding of sufficient magnitude to warrant the danger to those who happened to also be using this road?
In the earlier chase of the stolen vehicle, surely the description was available to other officers. When speeds reached dangerous levels, wouldn’t it be logical to weigh the obvious danger to others and to back off? This chase resulted in a damaged vehicle and injury to a law-abiding motorist and the death of the person driving the stolen vehicle.
I can only hope and pray that I, or those I love, are not on the road during the next high-speed chase.
Rebecca Demmler is a former Cecil County Commissioner.