Where is it illegal to park a vehicle on a street and have a conversation with a friend? What was the reasonable suspicion or probable cause for the officer to even approach the vehicle? You can park any place you want and should not be harassed by a police officer just because you parked on an unused street. The police generally just cannot stop and detain you. There has to be a reasonable belief or probable cause that there might be criminal activity involved.
Anyone could have been in the roadway, a citizen, a pet, or even a deer. The outcome could have been catastrophic. Hopefully the officer would have made the choice to run off the street (ha, ha) and avoid hitting a tree.
Does it make any sense to pursue a vehicle at 90 MPH for not having a license plate or registration? This is just ludicrous. I understand a murder suspect, but a simple, MINOR, traffic violation.
Was is honestly worth the risk to pursue a vehicle at 90-MPH through the city? The decision making skill is incomprehensible.
The Pacesetting Times said the vehicle had been operating in the area, so why didn't the HSB police stop him and cite him then? The officer stated he recognized the vehicle, and probably knew exactly who the driver was. Of course, the driver should have not fled, but to chase someone for no license plate is outrageous and could have had deadly consequences.
The mayor and city council need to review this situation before any other officer decides to chase someone at 90-MPH. Absolute BS.
I don't know who else really cares. If the officer had killed someone, the city would be sued. A family would suffer for the rest of their life.
The officer would probably go on and get a promotion. FUMU. Or, we could have a cop's funeral and then hire someone competent to do the job with skill, integrity, and good decision-making skills.