The statistics regarding police chases and the death and injury of innocent bystanders are sobering. USA Today reports that between 1979 and 2013, 5,000 innocent bystanders have been killed in accidents that are the direct result of police chases. Tens of thousands of more people have been injured as police officers pursued people who have fled, often at high speeds and in unsafe conditions. A great majority of these chases are initiated for minor traffic offenses and misdemeanors. Sometimes the chases are for felony offenses, such as stolen cars, as was the case in a chase that ended in a crash, as WSB Radio reports.
The chase started just after 1 p.m. on June 16th, when police spotted a stolen vehicle being driven by the suspect in the area of Washington Place and Joseph E. Lowry Boulevard. Authorities tried to initiate a stop, but the suspect sped away.
A security guard working at a beauty store on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard witnessed the end of the chase.
The allegedly stolen vehicle crashed into several cars before crashing into the brick storefront.
Elisa Lindsey, who is the security guard, said that the stolen car came to a stop just feet from where she was standing.
She kept customers from leaving the store until it was safe for them to do so.
The driver was caught by police when he tried to walk away from the scene and another officer recognized him.
A total of three people were arrested. No one was hurt in the accident.
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