Did Police Pursuit Follow Policy? (VIDEO)

By Corinne Rose - 21Alive

February 21, 2014 Updated Feb 21, 2014 at 7:21 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Did Fort Wayne police officers do the right thing by chasing a pickup that then slammed into a car, seriously injuring two people?

The Fort Wayne police department has a very clearly defined policy about pursuits.

And Thursday night's chase started when an officer saw a pickup truck speeding near South Hanna and East Lewis streets.

When the driver didn't stop, the officer radioed in the truck's information, how fast it was going, as well as how much surrounding traffic and pedestrians were in the area.

A sergeant responded on the radio and agreed that the officer should go after the pickup.

After chasing the truck through side streets and alleys, the truck ran a red light at Anthony and Rudisill and crashed into a car that had the green light.

The two people in the car were seriously hurt.

Officers apprehended one man who got out of the truck, and nabbed another man after they say he tried to rob someone at a home on Lillie Street.

Fort Wayne’s assistant police chief says it appears the officers followed protocol.

“You've got to balance the need to pursue with the safety of the public, and our officers do a good job with that. Unfortunately, this person decided to disregard the traffic signal and hit innocent drivers, if you would, at that intersection, causing them injury,” says Assistant Police Chief Steve Reed.

Charges are pending against the men in the pickup.

Every month, a panel of police supervisors reviews the three to five chases that typically happen.

The officers are back at their jobs.




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