There’s no doubt that police officers have one of the most dangerous jobs out there. One of the hazards of their job is being involved in an auto accident. While police are trained in driving techniques, especially chasing and accident avoidance, crashes during pursuits are common. The majority of police officers who are injured or killed on duty were involved in car accidents. Because of this and the fact that innocent bystanders are also frequently injured or killed, most police departments have strict policies in place regulating when an officer can engage in a chase. One such policy is that pursuits must end if the danger posed to the public is too great.
The AJC reports that a Cherokee County Deputy has been released from the hospital following a crash that resulted from a pursuit.
35-year-old Deputy Andrew Hendrix has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home from being injured in a pursuit that resulted in an accident.
Deputy Hendrix spotted Joshua Brandon Reece, 28, while he was patrolling on Saturday. Hendrix recognized Reece from previous interactions and attempted to pull him over for failure to maintain lane. When Hendrix asked Reece for his driver’s license and asked him to turn off his vehicle, Reece fled.
The chase began on Sam Nelson Road and ended on Rampley Trail. Hendrix had been traveling south when he lost control of his vehicle, hitting a Chevrolet Trailblazer that had stopped in the opposite lane. His patrol car traveled about 60 feet off the road and collided with a house.
At some point, Reece abandoned his vehicle and fled into the woods. He was recovered by a K-9 unit and taken into custody.
Reece was released on August 29th on parole for a second-degree burglary conviction. He was wanted on a parole violation.
He is now charged with eluding police and other traffic offenses. The eluding charge and the parole violation are both felonies.
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