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Texas
Population: 21,779,893

In 2003, NHTSA reports 33 known* fatalities by pursuit crashes in Texas; nine were innocent victims.


Texas Department of Public Safety

Texas Highway Patrol

Google: Texas Police Pursuit

Google: Texas Police Chase

National Association of Police Organizations

National Sheriffs' Association


Drive & Stay Alive: Police Pursuits

*Police pursuit deaths are under-reported for many reasons, click here.

Reported Deaths
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Reports on fatalities due to violent pursuit crashes, click here.

2003 NHTSA report by state, click here.
2002 NHTSA report by state, click here.

1992 - 2001 NHTSA reports, click here.

Texas Laws Governing
Police Vehicular Pursuit
Texas grants immunity but not the blanket immunity given to California officers. In Texas, public entities and officers receive immunity if officers follow the pursuit policy their law enforcement agency has actually adopted.

Officer Accountability
To obtain summary judgment on good faith in a pursuit case, a law enforcement officer must prove that a reasonably prudent officer, under the same or similar circumstances, could have believed that the need to immediately apprehend the suspect outweighed a clear risk of harm to the public in continuing the pursuit. Clark, 38 S.W.3d at 581. The officer need not prove that all reasonably prudent officers would have continued the pursuit. Id. The officer must prove only that a reasonably prudent officer might have believed that he should have continued the pursuit. Id. Full report.

zwire.com: Misty Morales on behalf of herself and her daughter Donna, an innocent pursuit victim

Officer Training
Research in progress

Texas Penalties
for Fleeing

Evading arrest, usually a misdemeanor, becomes a second-degree felony when the fleeing suspect causes the death of another person. Intoxicated manslaughter is also a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison. (Source: LubbockOnline.com)

Candy Priano's comment: I agree with those officers who say, fleeing should be a felony because a 4,000 vehicle is a weapon and it is against the law to flee from the police. I disagree with some officers who believe that making fleeing a penalty will be a deterant. I don't think so, but it might because if people who flee are finally jailed, they won't be back out on the streets to flee again.

Texas Penalties for Fleeing Juveniles
Research in progress

Pending Texas Legislation
on Police Pursuits

Media reports on Texas pursuits
KGBT 4TV: Three hurt involving crash

Media reports
USA Today: Police pressured to call off chase
January 5, 2003

Innocent Victims of Texas Pursuits
Kyndall Batiste,
the 12-year-old boy injured on Friday when the car he and his mother were in were struck by a stolen SUV being chased by police, died on Sunday.
Donna Morales, 5, May 14, 2001
Richard W. Stapp,
48, Lubbock, Lubbock police were chasing a drunken driver, May 16, 1999

 


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