How To End A ChaseRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Aug 23 2013 5:34 PM
HOUSTON COUNTY: Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes has installed push bars on the front of the patrol cars for the Sheriff Department. In fact, the unmarked vehicle Sheriff Hughes drives as Sheriff has a push bar on the front of it.
Sheriff Hughes has had the deputies trained on the proper procedure in conducting pit maneuvers when in a chase of a suspect. They are not just cowboys out there when the deputies conduct a pit maneuver on a suspect vehicle.
The Sheriff of a county is elected. In fact, other than funding, the county commission can not mandate to the Sheriff of a county what he can do and can not do, or anything to do with the management of the Sheriff Department.
SOMEONE PLEASE REMIND DALE COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN MARK BLAKENSHIP OF THAT FACT. HE IS STILL ATTEMPTING TO MANAGE THE DALE COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT AND WALLY OLSON IS TO NICE AND HAS NOT EXPLAINED TOTALLY TO BLAKENSHIP THE FACTS OF LIFE.
Anyway, back to the purpose of this article.
Sheriff Hughes instructs the deputies, as soon as pursuit gets into a position of safety to conduct a pit maneuver, to do so.
Dothan Police Department, due to CALEA and restraints imposed from above the Police Chief, will not allow Dothan Police to conduct pit maneuver's. That is why Dothan Police Department will yield a chase to Houston County Sheriff Department when in a chase. Houston County Sheriff Deputies will terminate a chase when possible.
One Sunday evening Houston County had a chase come into Alabama from Florida. As the chase proceeded into Alabama Sheriff Hughes came over the radio and instructed the deputies in the chase, do not let the chase get into Dothan where a lot of traffic especially as the time churches were letting out.
In moments the deputy conducted a pit maneuver and the vehicle went flying off the roadway.
That ended the chase and no one was injured.
NOTE: The video in this article was one found on youtube and not a Houston County chase.