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Catch & Release
Police chases create an inherent risk of death and injury
to innocent bystanders and peace officers.

Research by Candy Priano

Did you know? A judge always has the option to deny bail.

So why aren't they denying bail, especially to repeat offenders.

 

Innocent Bystander Killed
March 26, 2016: This guy is just another on the long list of catch and release criminals ..... If police chase a suspect, the danger to bystanders in that particular ...

Chase drivers who flee at 100-plus mph, catch them and within 48 hours or less, they are back on the street to do it again ... and again ... until an innocent person or officer is killed or injured!

Fallen officer, CHP Officer Douglas Scott Russell, 46, is honored
Memorial bell rung for CHP vet; suspect was jailed in '92 for fleeing cops and fled again in December 5, 2006. Sacramento Bee story is no longer active at original link. Date of pursuit: July 31, 2007.

Begs the question: "Aren't these suspects who flee flight risks?"
Suspects are sometimes released before officers finish their paperwork, or they are readily released on their own recognizance, or they get out on bail in less than 48 hours after being caught.
Begs another question: Why chase?


Utah:Chase ends with a familiar suspect in custody
Nearly one week after bonding out of the Salt Lake County jail, a 20-year-old man was accused of fleeing from Utah officers for the third time in a month - this time in a dramatic chase. Salt Lake Tribune, March 31, 2006

Indiana:Suspect in pursuit that left child pinned under van had fled police earlier Posted on policeone.com - March 29, 2006


California's new law that increases penalties
On January 2006 California's new pursuit law took effect that included stricter penalties. I tracked 4 suspects who were caught in 3 separate chases: Two were released on bail. One (a passenger with an air pistol and suspected in some burglaries) was released on his own recognizance. One couldn't make bail. All four chases occurred in January 2006 and finally this month (March 2006) they are having their court dates. (Update: May court dates were again postponed, so three of the four are still free.)

So what's changed since 2002? Not much. When Kristie Priano, an innocent bystander, was killed in 2002, we learned that some offenders go home with their mothers. They spend as little as one year in juvenile hall and three years free on probation. If we know many of these suspects don't spend time behind bars, certainly trained police officers know it, too.


Delaware: Caught in another vehicle pursuit
Suspect arrested after a pursuit March 2, 2005. Suspect must have gotten out of jail because he then eluded police after a short vehicle pursuit November 29, 2005, and was caught on March 8, 2006, following another high-speed pursuit. It would be interesting to see how long he'll be in jail this time.

Indiana: Couple Involved in chase released from jail
The two were driving a stolen truck when it collided with another truck at an intersection. Two innocent people in that car were taken to the hospital.

Fugitive captured Monday is re-arrested Wednesday
Read both stories in the
Chico Enterprise-Record July 20 & 22, 2004

These officers stopped the chase and caught the suspect later in the day on Monday. The suspect was released less than 48 hours after making bail, so he could be caught again on Wednesday.

From the news story: Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force Commander Vic Lacey said a chase ensued and Hutler (the known suspect) ran several stop signs and stoplights before the chase was called off, with officers tailing him from a distance.

"Officers knew who he was," Lacey said. "It wasn't worth him running over someone."

But tailing someone from a distance is still in pursuit.

 

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