Following an early-dawn police pursuit on Thursday morning, four people in a stolen automobile plunged off a bridge. The Irving Police Department has released dash camera footage of the incident.
Authorities claim that during the initial traffic check that led to the pursuit, they found out the suspect’s car was stolen. The driver then left the officers behind in a hurry.
Dr. Alex Del Carmen, a criminologist, states that during the five seconds that an officer has to decide whether to pursue someone or not, they must consider a number of factors. He claims that a variety of circumstances influence an officer’s choice to pursue a suspect.
Del Carmen goes on to say that pursuing a driver just because they are “fleeing” is not a valid excuse. That being said, there would be more compelling grounds to arrest someone if they are driving recklessly, are intoxicated, or have a criminal record.
The suspect driver is seen being chased south by police on I-35 in Downtown Dallas. The suspect enters Woodall Rogers Freeway via the I-35 ramp. At that point, the suspect goes off the bridge due to lack of control.
Following a second police pursuit in Fort Worth on January 27, this incident happened. During the chase, two people suffered injuries, and the suspect was taken into custody. The state is being fought by the Fort Worth officers Department in order to keep their pursuit officers on duty.
Some communities do, however, make their pursuit policies public, such as Irving. Del Carmen predicts that in the future, additional discussions about chases will result from these instances. It is unavoidable. Particularly in the state of Texas, that is inevitable,” Del Carmen asserts.
Even though police pursuits occur frequently, the majority of them don’t result in fatalities, according to national data, he continues.These four suspects have not yet been identified by the Irving Police Department.