Local News - Pygmy Rattler Sets Off Police Chase

PUTNAM COUNTY, FL -- A high speed chase ended at the emergency room of the Putnam Community Medical Center, where the driver told police she was driving recklessly because her husband had been bitten by a ... Read more
OUT Of CONTROL

Cary, NC

#1 Oct 23, 2007
This is another show of Law Enforcement that is out of control in Fl. There is no way possible the Officer shoul dhave hand cuffed and threw her in the back of his car. Did she display a weapon or threaten the office? NO
I know my lawyer would be looking for answers and I know if her husband would have died I would be sueing the pants off the County.
I live free

Spokane, WA

#2 Oct 23, 2007
He should have let her go
Miss Cindy

Madison, WI

#3 Oct 23, 2007
This is so typical of the law enforcement. They are always more concerned about themselves than others. They speed, pull out in front of you, don't use turn signals, and manhandle people because there is no punishment for them. It's no surprise that they are not liked, respected or supported.
Unbelievable

United States

#4 Oct 24, 2007
Yeah it was a little crazy, but are you people for real? Sure, he could have made an assumption that it was an emergency when they pulled up to the ER, but my guess is he was mighty ticked off-and I am sure the adrenilin was pumping-she didn't pull over when she was supposed to-and at 35 mph faster than the speed limit? Err on the side of caution. I am not saying I would have stopped, but I do think it is understandable and certainly would have happened in ANY town in ANY city. Honestly, she is probably lucky she did not get shot or tased. How was he/she supposed to know that there was a snake bite victim in the car. The attitudes on the thread are precisly why law enforcement is and should be concerned about themselves and oh-the rest of us. I mean really, what would these postings be if it was one of these punk kids that have been shooting up the city and they hit someone as they were trying to evade police? Then you would be all over the officer for not doing all he could to stop them. He had NO idea who was in the car or why they were speeding without trying to stop.
Patrick Lockyer

AOL

#5 Oct 24, 2007
I can understand the concern about how long the police would take to get it right? They get so much wrong? Who is to say they would not handcuff her and book her AS the priority. Police need to raise their game and get THEIR act together. This man had to be got to hospital and THAT was the priority? The cop only had to be patient? You know that old fashioned commodity? PATIENCE?
MBWnFla

Kingsport, TN

#6 Oct 24, 2007
Unbelieveable....did someone not call 911 to report the emergency??? Was it not obvious to the officer that the car was heading in the direction of the hospital?
Jlg

Jacksonville, FL

#7 Oct 24, 2007
C'mon people you can't blame the officer. You know alot of officers are shot each year for situations similar to this. How is he supposed to know? Troopers and polcie officers in some states are not supposed to even help people change a tire or help them get gas anymore. Too many cops have died from doing the right thing.
Also in this day and age if you don not have a cell phone I am surprised. The smart thing would be to call 911 inform them of what is going on. That way they can have an escort for you and the hospital can be ready. I have none people who have done similar things to this and have called 911 enroute and gotten an escort to expidte the trip.
kapow

Spokane, WA

#8 Oct 24, 2007
People should be tased and arrested if they violate speeding laws while trying to save a life. Only police can speed, like if the do-nuts are hot or if the bar-b-q place is getting ready to close. They are trained how to endanger people on the highway so they should be allowed to do whatever they want including shooting you and tase you after you're handcuffed. Handcuffed people are easier to shoot and tase so the police don't need to expend their valuable energy. Citizens should be shot regularly so they stay in line and don't disrupt important police activities like hanging out in coffee shops and eating do-nuts.
kapow

Spokane, WA

#9 Oct 24, 2007
Police don't have crystal balls they are in a very dangerous job and they get shot all the time. Whenever police stop someone they should just automatically shoot them so they can't be a possible danger. We need to be more cognizant of what these fine officers do. And don't forget about the children.
Do-better

Gainesville, FL

#10 Oct 24, 2007
The wife was doing the right thing to save her husband in the first place. But, as said on the article, if she had stopped, the police officer could have helped her to transport her husband in police car with the siren on - this way, it could be faster and safer for them to get to the hospital. But when one is in emergency, one can hardly think.
k in jax

Jacksonville, FL

#11 Oct 24, 2007
Miss Cindy wrote:
This is so typical of the law enforcement. They are always more concerned about themselves than others. They speed, pull out in front of you, don't use turn signals, and manhandle people because there is no punishment for them. It's no surprise that they are not liked, respected or supported.
you can say that again!!!!
Chuck

Camden, SC

#12 Oct 26, 2007
Only bad part of the story is the death of the innocent snake.
Bryce

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Oct 28, 2007
The photo in the article is of a Western Diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox), a very different and far more formidable snake than the tiny pigmy rattler (Sistrurus miliarius), which is incapable of delivering a fatal bite to an adult human in good health. Once again, peoples' abject ignorance and irrational fear of snakes has lead to a situation that was potentially far more dangerous than that caused by the little snake itself. Any number of innocent pedestrians or drivers could have been hurt or killed in such a reckless auto chase.
Cheers, Chuck! You must be a fellow herper.
Ken Freeman

Pompano Beach, FL

#14 Nov 3, 2007
Maybe the ding dong cop should have tased her.Typical Fla cop
Ken Freeman

Pompano Beach, FL

#15 Nov 3, 2007
This is so typical of the law enforcement. They are always more concerned about themselves than others. They speed, pull out in front of you, don't use turn signals, and manhandle people because there is no punishment for them. It's no surprise that they are not liked, respected or supported.

I completely agree-well said
Toxica

Glenville, WV

#16 Nov 5, 2007
They bite of a pygmy rattlesnake is seldom lethal; although, I'm sure this was not what was on the mind of the driver. I feel the cop was right in acting fast; however, shouldn't have been forcful when she complied and he learned it truely was an emergency.
shirley barber

Palm Coast, FL

#17 Nov 12, 2007
my son in law was bitten by a pigmy rattler yesterday what are the signs to watch for he refused to go to the hospital

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