Because police chases can cause extensive property damage and frequently end with innocent victims being hurt, most police departments have strict policies in place regarding pursuits. These polices govern when a police officer may initiate a pursuit. For example, some departments will only initiate a pursuit in cases where law enforcement officers believe that a felony has been committed, or if they believe a suspect will put the public at greater risk than the pursuit. Police departments also have strict policies as to when a pursuit must be called off, such as when the pursuit is likely to put the public at significant risk of danger or injury.
Click Orlando reports that fleeing murder suspects were involved in a fatal crash that claimed the life of an innocent woman.
Orlando Police officers were made aware on Tuesday that a vehicle wanted in connection with a Daytona Beach homicide was detected by a license plate reader on Monday night.
On Tuesday morning, an officer spotted the vehicle of John Young Parkway and L.B. McLeod Road. Officer followed the car without initiating a pursuit. At some point, the pursuing law enforcement officers deployed stop strips, but the target vehicle sped away.
When the suspects drove onto Rio Grande Avenue, they crashed into another vehicle. The crash resulted in the death of an innocent victim who was about 70 years old.
The two suspects suffered from injuries in the crash and were taken to local hospitals for treatment. The pursuit was approved by the Orlando Police Department.