No One Solution Available For Police Chase Deaths

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Mabel Trapp and her boyfriend were enjoying a Sunday evening drive when, out of nowhere, a man being chased by Evendale, Ohio, police hit their car, killing Trapp and injuring her boyfriend, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Trapp’s youngest son blamed the suspect for his mother’s death. He was left wondering why an argument between another couple was bad enough for police to start a chase that left the mother of four and grandmother of nine dead. “There was no reason for this,” said Greg Trapp, 33. “I am really angry about it because my mom was a really healthy person.” Trapp, 68, was the seventh person to be killed in three accidents that began as police pursuits in the Cincinnati area in the past four months.

Her death underscores a continuing debate about high-speed police pursuits. Nationwide, studies have shown that almost one-third of high-speed chases end in accidents, killing almost 300 people a year. Police departments have grappled with the issue, leading some to restrict chases and others to forbid them entirely. There is no one solution, many in law enforcement argue, for when to pursue and when to let a suspected criminal drive away. “You can’t have a policy for everything,” Covington police Lt. Col. Mike Kraft said. “Pursuits are dangerous. You just have to try to control them as much as you can.”

Link: http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/11/09/loc_chase09.html

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