That a high-speed police chase takes the life of an uninvolved driver is not an uncommon headline. The evading driver reaches high speed and the chasing police officer is behind him. The police officer is trained to maintain control of a vehicle at high speed. Typically, the eluding driver is not. These chases often end when the eluding driver loses control of the vehicle and crashes. Too frequently, an uninvolved driver who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time is killed or injured.
One of these high-speed chases occurred primarily on I-81. A Virginia State Trooper stopped the defendant for speeding: driving 93 mph in a 70-mph zone. At this time the Trooper reminded the defendant of an outstanding warrant. The defendant raced away, chased by two Troopers. [Read more…]