Deputy’s Actions Questioned in Case of Stolen Police Car
In today’s world, technology is a big part of monitoring crime and giving a fair account of what actually happened in any situation. Police are able to keep tabs on many different areas without actually having to physically be in that specific area. Laws are in place to ensure that any recording taken doesn’t violate the rights of the individual being recorded. Unfortunately, video cameras often record crimes in action that make it tough for individuals to plead their case.
Recently, a mentally ill patient left a hospital and was spotted walking down the road for several miles before a passerby called police. Police then attempted to take the man in to custody, and chased him on foot as he ran away from them.
Video was taken from the police vehicle that shows the barefoot man attempting to elude deputies as they give chase. At one point, he is able to outrun the deputies, only to circle back and get behind the wheel of the police vehicle.
The man then took off in the police vehicle, and despite multiple attempts by police to get him to pull over, continued at speeds up to 120 miles per hour as police gave chase. Despite flattened tires, the vehicle continued to move at speeds ranging from 30-70 miles per hour.
Eventually, the suspect took the vehicle across state lines, and troopers were able to pull the vehicle over and remove the driver from the vehicle. Efforts by the North Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina Highway Patrol, Columbus County Sherriff’s Office and Horry County Police Department were eventually successful in removing the risk from the road.
Reports were also made that at some point, the man contacted dispatch from the police vehicle and asked to speak to the CIA. The actions of the deputies are under review regarding how they handled the situation before the man took control of the vehicle.
Details were not released about the condition of the man, although he is likely to face charges for stealing a police vehicle. Although he may be charged with a serious offense, his mental health may need to be brought in to the equation before any decisions are made.
Here at Nosal & Jeter, LLP we strive to offer every individual a fair representation and defense for any traffic violation. Our goal is to guarantee that every client’s rights are respected, and we work hard to look at the situation from all angles before presenting a case.
When you or a loved one are facing a serious traffic offense and are unsure about the future, allow us to help you navigate the process and ensure that the case ends favorably for everyone involved.
Source: Island Packet, “Dash camera videos released in stolen Georgetown County police car chase,” Tonya Root, April 9. 2014