By on February 26, 2012

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16 Comments on “High Speed Pursuits Endanger Your House...”


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    Idiots and Rear View Mirrors – never do they meet.

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    jimbowski

    I see a cop who misjudged the speed of this ‘perp’, even though they had the brakes on the whole time the cop was closing in…

    Unless this was just a innocent oblivious driver.

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    Volt 230

    Dumbass making a left most probably had his music on too loud, talking on the cell, or a combination of both!

    • 0 avatar
      Luke42

      The cop car was going fast in a place where a driver making a left turn wouldn’t normally look. Even though the driver is responsible for seeing and understanding everything around them, I gotta disagree with your conclusion here.

      The police were breaking the normal traffic rules (and allowing emergency vehicles to do so seems reasonable) — but, when they do this, the onus is on them to do it safely.

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    Wade.Moeller

    I’d guarantee that the civilian was oblivious. But so was the cop. The civilian never moved to the right to get out of the cop’s way. The cop shouldn’t have tried to overtake them.

    If the cop was abiding by the rules of his department’s pursuit policy, the civilian is on the hook. If the cop was exceeding the speed limits in the pursuit policy, the civilian got lucky and the police department is going to pay.

    I put the chance of the latter as quite high seeing as how much momentum was left after the impact.

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    alex_rashev

    IIRC the proper procedure is to pull over to the RIGHT. Apart from the cop being so surprised that (s)he didn’t even attempt to take evasive action, I don’t see anything wrong with cop’s actions. I bet the civilian is gonna get hosed for this.

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      Luke42

      The driver wasn’t looking where a car shouldn’t be. The driver *should* see everything but, it doesn’t work this way in real life, and cops of all people should understand that.

      I’m rather surprised when traffic doesn’t behave normally — and a cop car going straight and 2-3x over the speed limit in a lane where cars are not supposed to be is certainly abnormal behavior for traffic.

      I don’t care what the department’s policies are, the car that’s speeding not behaving like traffic is at fault here. And that would be the cop car.

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    hreardon

    I’m increasingly coming to the conclusion that the vast majority of high speed pursuits are more dangerous to the civilian population than they are worth. In many cases the police are better suited trying to capture/corral the escapee than they are in trying to pursue them.

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    Advance_92

    Did that car have its turn signal on?

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    Marko

    The civilian is clearly pulling to the left to make a turn well before the collision happened, and appeared to have his/her blinker on. He/she likely expected the cop to pass on the right, as can normally be expected with a left turn.

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    30-mile fetch

    Cop’s fault. Big time. He looks to be doing nearly triple digit speeds on a narrow dark two-lane residential road. I’ll bet any of you know-it-alls blaming the civilian would never be able to judge just how fast that cop was coming up from behind you and likely would have been just as “oblivious”. One moment no one is behind you. Five seconds later you are plowed into at freeway speed. You people overestimate yourselves.

    What if that was your wife returning home with your 6-month old in the backseat? You gonna call her a “dumbass” and and “idiot” then? Or would you wake up and realize how dangerous this was to every bystander in the way?

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    RB

    What if it was your wife in your living room? I sounds like the siren was turned off when the police car turned right. Then a quick beep when it was too late. You can’t expect the average drive to be able to react well in this situation.

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      MadHungarian

      Exactly. Siren was not blipped until just before civilian car was starting to turn. Theoretically, the civilian should see flashing lights in his mirror, but it was dusk and probably hard to judge closing speed of the cop.

      But what about the poor homeowner? I like Panthers as much as the next guy but that doesn’t mean I want one coming through my living room wall while I’m relaxing after dinner. Do you think it’s a slam dunk that the city fully compensated the homeowner? Think again. Four years ago a cop managed to run into one of my garage doors while chasing a car theft suspect who had wrecked the stolen car and was fleeing on foot. The City refused to pay me a dime, saying the cop was not conducting a negligent pursuit. I had to replace the garage door out of pocket because it was within my insurance deductible.


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