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Turn the car off at a traffic stop

I recently had a suspect drive off while I was approaching the vehicle on a traffic stop.

As I ran back to my patrol unit, I lost sight of the fleeing suspect vehicle. What I have incorporated into my routine during traffic stops (especially on graveyard) is to tell the driver to turn off his/her vehicle prior to my approach. That gives me a chance to assess the driver and in case he/she wants to take off, I can quickly jump in the driver's seat and chase if I have to.

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