Reality Training: Man in pick-up rams squad, flees
Do you see indicators the violator might act erratically — even dangerously?
How many times have we heard the retelling of a potentially deadly incident begin with the phrase, “This started out as a simple traffic infraction...”
Such is the case with recently released dash cam video footage from Dyersville (Iowa) in which a brief pursuit ended with the violator in a black Dodge pickup hitting reverse at an intersection, ramming the squad car (and disabling it), and driving off.
Thankfully, the officer in the car — Dan Recker — was unhurt. Further, Iowa State Patrol officers eventually “found the truck, and have identified a suspect as a possible driver,” according to a report by KCRG-TV.
The pursuit, which was at low speed over surface streets, was in no way unique. This type of incident happens all day, every day, across the United States. Consider bringing this video — and the following questions — up at your next roll call.
Roll-Call Video Review
• Have you recently reviewed agency pursuit policy, specifically with regard to guidance on “surface/neighborhood street” pursuits?
Add your own questions to this list, and talk about incidents such as this one.
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