To the editor:
I would like to know what our local police department policies are on high speed chases. I ask this because a couple of weeks ago it was reported on the news that a police officer and his dog, in Bell County, were killed when a high-speed chase occurred because a person drove off from a gas pump without paying for gas.
I could certainly understand high speed chases to a certain degree. For instance, if the suspect could potentially bring harm to himself or others. But at what point do we use some common sense and say enough is enough?
Yes, it is illegal to drive off without paying for your gas. Yes, the store takes a loss on the sale. But is it really worth loosing your life over? In the process, you may severely injure or kill an innocent by-stander! I don't think so. Most places of business have video cameras surrounding their business, and more than likely will pick up a description of the person as well as the car tags. Security video can identify the person and be used to arrest the person who did the crime. I personally think, what a tragedy of a life lost over gasoline!