01/04/2007

Cops' tough calls on high-speed chases

By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Staff Writer
Copyright 2007 Newsday
 

High-speed police chases have posed public-safety questions and led to stricter penalties for those who force law enforcement to pursue them.

Once a chase is under way, police have to constantly make judgement calls on whether it should continue, especially if other motorists or pedestrians are at risk, said Eugene O'Donnell, a professor of law and police studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan.

In Thursday's incident, police said they chased Richard Mair because he sped away when they attempted to question him during a suspected drug deal. Police smelled alcohol coming from the car Mair was driving and later saw a bottle of liquor on the floor while it was being towed, First Squad Det. Sgt. Kevin Naylor said.

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