A police chase in Aberdeen, Maryland, has left two people injured as a man fled from officers. The 31-year-old defendant was accused of assault, reckless endangerment and dozens of other traffic-related violations in connection with the incident. That man is accused of striking a pedestrian and running into two other vehicles on April 27. The car accident left a teenage boy in critical condition, and a woman was transported to the hospital after suffering minor injuries.
Authorities report that officers had attempted to stop the defendant for speeding when he took off, crossing a major road and striking the young pedestrian. The driver continued to flee even after the Aberdeen officer stopped to render medical aid to the victim. Officers say the driver struck a police car and another vehicle before the defendant was finally apprehended. The critically injured teen was released from the hospital just one day after the accident.
This negligent driver raises additional questions about the usefulness of high-speed pursuits through residential parts of the city. Police officials and city council members may begin a dialogue about the dangers of high-speed chases in the future, and some residents are petitioning the politicians to review their formal policies. Four officers who were on duty that evening are thought to have helped with the chase. It is still not clear why the driver fled.
High-speed police chases may seem glamorous in the movies, but they actually can lead to fatal or injurious car accidents. Law enforcement agencies should bear some responsibility for the outcome of a high-speed chase, especially one that was not necessarily warranted. Victims who have been harmed by negligent drivers — even police officers who are behind the wheel — deserve financial compensation after experiencing serious injury.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, “Two injured, one seriously, during Aberdeen police chase Sunday night” Bryna Zumer, Apr. 27, 2014