Abilene Police Pursuits Balance Safety

High-speed chases like one that landed a local woman in jail Wednesday night go through a constant “need/risk analysis” by police to determine when — or if — to call them off.

The ongoing monitoring helps police decide which presents more danger to the public — the suspect or the chase itself.

“Our officers are trained to weigh the need to apprehend a subject against the risk to the public that a pursuit represents,” said Assistant Abilene Police Chief Mike Perry. According to police records, this latest pursuit brings the total for 2010 to 22.

Wednesday’s pursuit began about 6:15 p.m. when police got a call from loss prevention officials at Kohl’s department store on Southwest Drive. It ended about 15 miles south of Abilene at the “Y” intersection of Highway 83 and Highway 84, after deputies with the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department laid down a spike strip to stop the car.

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