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According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, five officers suffered injuries and three patrol cars were damaged after being hit by a car that failed to move over for the police vehicles at about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday on eastbound I-70 at Interstate 270.
The man police said was driving that vehicle, 31-year-old Matthew Jones, was charged Wednesday in connection with the crash. Jones was charged with five counts of DWI resulting in serious injury of law enforcement personnel, endangering the welfare of a child and failure to yield to emergency vehicles.
Seal Beach police initiated the pursuit of the suspect, who was driving recklessly, according to OnScene.TV. In addition to a male suspect driving the sedan, there was a female passenger and an infant in the car, KTLA-TV reported.
The chase continued into Long Beach, where the multi-vehicle crash occurred. Aerial footage from TV outlets showed vehicles and debris scattered across the roadway. The occupant of one of the vehicles was killed. Multiple people were transported to hospitals, OnScene reported.
EUGENE, Ore. -- An intense chase Thursday night with shots fired at police that ended in a standoff and gunfire at a rural home south of Eugene has one suspect in jail and another recovering in the hospital, Eugene Police Department said.
According to EPD, during the chase, one or both of the suspects fired several gunshots from the vehicle at pursuing officers. Eventually, the chase ended when the suspect vehicle pulled into the private driveway of a house on Fox Hollow Road a few miles south of Eugene, police said. The suspects jumped out of the truck and ran into the home as police arrived, and the people living in the house quickly got out as law enforcement surrounded the building, according to police.
Eugene police said SWAT and their crisis negotiation team arrived at the house at about 12:30 a.m. on January 27. According to police, despite the efforts of negotiators, the suspects refused to leave the building.
During the standoff, police officers were able to use new technology that they say saved lives. Drones were able to get inside the house and see where the suspects were trying to barricade themselves within.
Eventually, at about 4 a.m., the male suspect, later identified as Chet Evan Raymond, 31, finally surrendered to officers, saying the female suspect was suffering some sort of medical emergency in the house. As Raymond was arrested, SWAT entered the home to rescue the female suspect, found her suffering from a possible drug overdose, and rendered medical aid, police said. Eugene Springfield Fire, which had arrived to the scene some time earlier, took the female suspect to the hospital for treatment.
Eugene Police Department said neither suspects were harmed by police action, and no law enforcement or emergency personnel were harmed in the incident. Police said the female suspect is still in the hospital, and Raymond was taken to the Lane County Jail. Charges are pending.
It's election season, and the Washington state legislative session is three months away. Mayors and police around the state have been pushing legislators to change a law limiting when officers can chase suspects in their patrol cars.
The concern cuts across the aisle: Earlier this month, Democrat, Republican and non-partisan mayors of 15 cities in Snohomish County announced they would push lawmakers to change the police pursuit law, among other police reforms.
John Urquhart, former King County Sheriff, has spoken out in support of the law. He still remembers a 2016 chase in South Seattle where a shoplifter was fleeing police in a chase that at times went over 90 miles per hour. Eventually, she went over the center line and in the ensuing crash, died and injured several people.
A bill introduced earlier this year by Democrats and Republicans to change the police pursuit law and some other use-of-force reforms didn't make it through the state senate. The Washington state legislature's next session begins in January.
Officers attempted to block the car, which led to her backing into a 3rd police car, and driving forward, hitting another car for the second time, causing serious damage. She then drove further down Highway 49 until Byron Police were able to block her in and take her into custody.
A car chase or vehicle pursuit is the vehicular overland chase of one party by another, involving at least one automobile or other wheeled motor vehicle, commonly hot pursuit of suspects by law enforcement. The rise of the automotive industry in the 20th century increased car ownership, leading to a growing number of criminals attempting to evade police in their own vehicle or a stolen car. Car chases may also involve other parties in pursuit of a criminal suspect or intended victim, or simply in an attempt to make contact with a moving person for non-conflict reasons.
Car chases are often captured on news broadcast due to the video footage recorded by police cars, police aircraft, and news aircraft participating in the chase. Car chases are also a popular subject with media and audiences due to their intensity, drama and the innate danger of high-speed driving, and thus are common content in fiction, particularly action films and video games.
Car chases occur when a suspect attempts to use a vehicle to escape from law enforcement attempting to detain or arrest them. The assumed offence committed may range from misdemeanors such as traffic infractions to felonies as serious as murder. When suspects realize they have been spotted by law enforcement, they attempt to lose their pursuer by driving away, usually at high speed. Generally, suspects who police spot committing crimes for which long prison terms are likely upon conviction are much more likely to start car chases.
Police use a number of techniques to end chases, from pleading with the driver, waiting for the driver's vehicle to run out of fuel, or hoping the driver's vehicle becomes somehow disabled to more forceful methods such as boxing in the vehicle with police cruisers, ramming the vehicle, the PIT maneuver, shooting out the tires, or the use of spike strips. Though all efforts, many of which pose risk to all involved as well as bystanders, will be aimed at avoiding danger to civilians. When available, police aircraft may be deployed, which may follow the vehicle from above while ground units may or may not be involved.
The first police chase known to be recorded on video was in 1988 in Berea, Ohio. Los Angeles television station KCAL reported a quadrupling of ratings when police pursuits aired. In 2002, 700 pursuits were reported in the city of Los Angeles. Police officials have asked news media to reduce coverage of chases, claiming that they encourage suspects to flee and inciting gawkers to possibly get in the way of the pursuit, while the media responds that coverage of chases provides a public service and provide a deterrent to police brutality.
Reality television has combined with the car chase genre in a number of television shows and specials featuring real footage, mostly taken from police dashcams, police aircraft cameras, or news helicopters of suspects fleeing police.
One notable, recorded police chase occurred when an M60 Patton tank was stolen by Shawn Nelson from an Army National Guard armory, on May 17, 1995. Nelson went on a rampage through San Diego, California, with the massive tank crushing multiple civilian vehicles before becoming stuck on a road divider. Police were able to mount the tank and open the hatch, killing the suspect when he would not surrender.
On June 4, 2004, welder Marvin Heemeyer went on a rampage in a heavily modified bulldozer in Granby, Colorado, wrecking 13 buildings including the town hall, the public library, a bank, a concrete batch plant, and a house owned by the town's former mayor, resulting in over $7 million in damage. The police were initially powerless, as none of their weapons could penetrate the suspect's vehicle. However, the bulldozer's engine failed and the machine became stuck, so Heemeyer committed suicide by gunshot.
On July 27, 2007 in Phoenix, Arizona, two helicopters collided in mid air while filming a police pursuit. Both were AS-350 AStar news helicopters from the KNXV-TV and KTVK news stations. All four occupants of both aircraft were killed. No one on the ground was injured.
On September 28, 2012, Fox News aired a live police chase in Arizona which ended in the suspect exiting the vehicle and shooting himself after a short foot chase. Fox News was airing it in a five-second delay instead of a normal ten-second delay, which resulted in the shooting being aired on a live broadcast of the Fox Report. Fox anchorman Shepard Smith soon apologized for the broadcast and vowed to never let it happen again.
High-speed car chases are recognized as a road safety problem, as vehicles not involved in the pursuit or pedestrians or street furniture may be hit by the elusive driver, who will often violate a number of traffic laws, often repeatedly, in their attempt to escape, or by the pursuing police cars. In the United Kingdom, it is estimated that 40 people a year are killed in road traffic incidents involving police, most as a result of a police pursuit. In the United States, chase-related deaths range between 300 and 400 people per year.
The February 2005 Macquarie Fields riots occurred in Sydney, Australia after a local driver crashed a stolen vehicle into a tree, killing his two passengers following a high-speed police pursuit. The death of university student Clea Rose following a police chase in Canberra sparked major recriminations over police pursuit policies.
In 2007, the United States Supreme Court held in Scott v. Harris (550 U.S. 372) that a "police officer's attempt to terminate a dangerous high-speed car chase that threatens the lives of innocent bystanders does not violate the Fourth Amendment, even when it places the fleeing motorist at risk of serious injury or death." 781b155fdc