Experts Discuss Critical Moment Before High-Speed Police Chases

May 4, 2016

A group of law enforcement and legal experts are working on answering this important question: When should an officer engage a suspect in a high-speed chase? 

There are times when a police pursuit can stop a lawbreaker and protect the community but there can be consequences.

Attorney General Mike DeWine recalls the case of a mother and son who were killed during a police chase while they were delivering newspapers in Greene County.

DeWine has a task force working on best practices for law enforcement to consider before giving into the instinct to chase.

“That’s why you need to have a policy that is in place that’s an objective policy as well as subjective based on the facts that will override -- frankly -- the impulse that someone might have,” said DeWine.

The attorney general says the results of the task force will not be written into law but will have, what he calls, a moral persuasion.