KILLEEN – Esther Seoanes wants Central Texas cities to change their police pursuit laws to match those in Dallas.
“Dallas does have a police policy that states they will not pursue for a nonviolent felony crime,” explains Seoanes. “That means if somebody steals property, police officers will attempt to catch the criminal in a way that doesn’t involved police pursuit on vehicle, endangering other lives.”
Last year Seoanes lost her husband to a high speed chase in Austin. She said the suspect committed a minor offense of theft, and police chased him through rush hour on a busy highway. The suspect crashed into her husband’s car, killing him almost instantly.
The loss devastated her, and encouraged her to make other people do not lose loved ones from pursuit accidents.
“So many innocent victims are killed each year, and everyday we lose someone very special who was just going about their way,” said Seoanes.