While many police departments have policies regarding when a chase may be initiated and when it must be called off, crashes often occur during these pursuits. When they do occur, the damage is often severe. Typically, the driver who initiates the chase is held responsible for injuries and property damage that occurs as a result of the pursuit. When it comes to police liability, most of the time, departments are protected by law from assuming liability. However, some jurisdictions do allow for victims to receive compensation from police departments for injuries and damages.
11 Alive reports on a truck that slammed head-on into another vehicle during a police pursuit in West Georgia.
Following a police chase resulting in a head-on accident, two suspects are in jail and a third is still unaccounted for in Carroll County.
The chase and accident occurred last Tuesday after a Carroll County deputy was alerted via tag scanner that a vehicle had a stolen tag. After seeing the stolen tag, the deputy followed the suspect vehicle west on I-20. The deputy did not initially attempt a stop due to construction and traffic conditions.
The truck then exited I-20 for the Temple, Georgia and Highway 113. The truck picked up speed as it traveled down the ramp and made a right onto Highway 113.
Just short of a mile down Highway 113, the vehicle collided head-on with a Dodge Charger. According to the deputy, there were three people in the truck, but one ran from the scene on foot while he was awaiting backup.
Further investigation revealed that several guns and drug paraphernalia were thrown from the passenger side window.
Two suspects in the truck were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for their injuries. The driver of the Charger was taken to Atlanta Medical Center. Authorities believe the person who fled on foot was injured and may seek treatment.
The Georgia State Patrol has taken over the investigation of the accident while Carroll County is handling the other aspects of the case.
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