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Monday, April 21, 2008

Story Makes Me Sick To My Stomach

130 MPH Police Chase On Rt.6
He’s being charged with fleeing and eluding police, reckless endangerment and a variety of summary traffic violations

When I read on WESB's web site this morning that a Pennsylvania State Trooper had apprehended a man in Port Allegany after a chase on Route 6 from Roulette Township at 5:30 Saturday afternoon, I wondered what could have been so important for police to chase someone at speeds of over 130 miles per hour.


I thought , what if my wife or one of my kids, or a friend was pulling out of one of many blind driveways on that highway. What about the man on the red motorcycle trying to continue to flee from the trooper. What about the State Trooper--would it be worth his life to catch a speeder?
Or maybe a family of 6 pulling out in a van from the ABC Restaurant.

The thought made me sick to my stomach. Route 6 is not made to go over 130 MPH.

Most jurisdictions have policies to discontinue high speed chases.

What do you think? Email your opinion to shurfine40@gmail.com. Your responses will be published.

I agree with you, Jim. It’s not like the police didn’t have his plate number –they could have found him later. What was so urgent that it was worth the risk to the motorcyclist, the policeman and anyone else on the highway at that time?

Thankfully, no one was injured in this chase, but I know of another chase that sadly did not turn out so well and innocent people were killed. From Shinglehouse, PA+++++++

A good friend just called and wanted me to relay his feelings about this 130 mph chase. He and his wife were driving down Route 6 toward Port Allegany. They were near the Coleman Mills Road when the motorcycle, being pursued by the State Police, passed them on the right hand shoulder of the road. They had their windows down and it scared the krap out of them. They no more than got their wits about them and they were passed by the pursuing state police car on the other side. As they continued down the road, they observed the motorcycle stopped at the intersection of Rt. 6 and 155 in the Port Allegany Boro with the State Trooper with his door open and his revolver in hand. While my friend was happy that the man on the motorcycle was caught, he was upset that the trooper added to the danger by chasing the guy at that speed. He said both the motorcycle and the state police car passed him like a bullet. He said the motorcycle also passed another car on the right during the chase. He was happy that no one had been killed or injured in this chase, but hoped that the State Police would adopt a policy banning that type of pursuit. It could have had a disastrous result. Editor

first suppose that guy just killed a couple of people. second was he actually chasing at 130mph or did he clock him with radar.it is easy to be a second hand quarterback, they are dammed if they do and dammed if they don't stop speeders. another thing lic. no. is not enough he must be able to identify the driver. if you had a problem and needed him you would bitch if he did not get there fast enough for you.why not try and wear his shoes.

Joseph F. Tamandl have a nice day

I read the blog criticizing the State Trooper for the chase along RT 6. While the Trooper is criticized for chasing the vehicle, the real point of contention is that there is a motorcyclist travelling at 130mph, passing vehicles on the berm and creating a dangerous situation for the other vehicles on the roadway. Obviously the driver of the motorcycle was creating a hazardous condition prior to being chased by the Trooper, or there wouldn't have been a pursuit. The motorcyclist could have also been driving like this in the past. The question to be determined is did the Trooper make the situation worse by chasing him, or did he make our roads safer by catching him. I have to side with the Trooper, hopefully the motorcyclist won't be driving again for a long time, thereby making the roads safer into the future.
I also believe that the State Police have a pursuit policy in place, as this was an issue in the past. There is a link on the Pennsylvania State Police website to the pursuit reports for all police departments. www.psp.state.pa.us

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