Recently, the Atlanta Police Department initiated a policy that officers would not engage in pursuits. The Georgia State Patrol, however, has not put forth such a policy. That said, there is a pursuit policy in effect for the Georgia State Patrol. When determining whether to pursue a suspect who is fleeing, a trooper must take several things into consideration. The first is the offense committed by the subject and the potential danger to the public if the suspect is not immediately apprehended. A second consideration is the existing traffic conditions, road surface, and weather conditions and whether or not these conditions would pose a danger to the public.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that a suspect fleeing from the Georgia State Patrol caused several accidents before fleeing on foot. The chase began shortly after 3:30 p.m. on Interstate 75 at Akers Mill Road.
A Georgia State Patrol trooper spotted a white Jeep Cherokee that was speeding at 100 m.p.h. and attempted to stop the SUV. Just before Northside Drive, the SUV crashed into five other vehicles. The Jeep then came to a stop against a concrete wall on the right shoulder of the interstate.
After the crash, the driver of the SUV got out of the vehicle and fled on foot across the southbound lanes. He then jumped the median wall and ran across the northbound lanes before disappearing into the woods.
The suspect is still at large despite police shutting down the interstate and searching for the suspect for about 45 minutes. There were no details released about the condition of those who were involved in the accident.
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