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Chase ends in wreck in Albertville

Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014 3:43 pm | Updated: 10:19 am, Tue Mar 4, 2014.

A high-speed chase through downtown Albertville ended when the suspect wrecked in front of BBVA Compass Bank, located at 300 West Main Street, Thursday afternoon.

Albertville Police began chasing a suspect in a red vehicle just after 2 p.m. along Alabama 205 after the driver refused to stop for a traffic violation. At one point, scanner traffic indicated the vehicle weaved through a residential area along Brooklyn Avenue just off Baltimore Avenue.

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  • Annie Muss posted at 8:37 pm on Tue, Mar 4, 2014.

    Annie Muss Posts: 74

    "The police are simply doing their job when someone takes off and they go after them." That works if you are playing Grand Theft Auto, but in real life where innocent people are driving down the road, a decision that protects citizens takes priority over "catching the bad guy." ` If a chase ends in an arrest, great. If the guy fleeing gets hurt, too bad, but it was his decision. But a chase where innocent people, including a little child gets hurt (and thankfully not killed) the chase is simply unacceptable. So when a police officer has doubts of the outcome, he MUST NOT create a hazard to public safety.. And while I admit the car fleeing made the first wrong decision, there was a point where hubris took priority over safety. There were three car chases (that were reported in the news) within the last three weeks. All three came close to loss of life. When do we decide to rethink this? Before or after a great tragedy? Just a few months ago we were shown pictures where officers were training for high speed chases, and lo and behold.....chases increased. Increase the jail time and fines for failure to stop. Make it something they will regret forever. But catch them with technology, intelligence and manpower and forgo the high speed chase that spills blood all over our streets.

  • ereader posted at 8:12 am on Tue, Mar 4, 2014.

    ereader Posts: 93

    How is this the fault of the police? If a traffic stop turns into a high speed chase then its safe to assume there is a warrant or the suspect has something to hide or is guilty of something in their own mind. The police are simply doing their job when someone takes off and they go after them.

  • Nicole posted at 8:35 pm on Mon, Mar 3, 2014.

    Nicole Posts: 1

    How is girl that had life treatning enjury

  • Annie Muss posted at 12:31 am on Sun, Mar 2, 2014.

    Annie Muss Posts: 74

    Anyone defending the police decision to engage in a high speed pursuit might have a change of heart if one of their children or grandkids had suffered an injury. While I know and agree that the police have to make a judgment call, the cost of life outweighs convictions for tags, speeding, seat belt, drugs, etc. If the police didn't have a bolo, etc. indicating they were looking for dangerous fugitives, probably best to NOT create a dangerous situation by engaging in high speed chases in heavily trafficked areas like down town. A few well placed traffic camera's could help locate and follow cars until a more strategic stop can be implemented. There was a small innocent child injured and luckily no loss of life, Police cars are not toys and police hubris that places innocent citizens at risk needs to be re-thought.

  • VoiceOfReason posted at 8:36 am on Sat, Mar 1, 2014.

    VoiceOfReason Posts: 160

    The car didn't have a tag on it. Your tag number argument is invalid.

    mandably: Would you still be screaming "let them go," if the police let them go...then the person they just let go broke into your house and raped you, and your kids? You would then be screaming "Why didn't the police stop him when they had the chance?" Maybe their "mess up again and get caught" might be evidence left behind on your dead body.

  • Billy Bob posted at 6:22 pm on Fri, Feb 28, 2014.

    Billy Bob Posts: 30

    What good is a tag number if the car/truck was stolen?

  • lauraannhill14 posted at 5:52 pm on Fri, Feb 28, 2014.

    lauraannhill14 Posts: 1

    They didn't have drugs.

  • Debra posted at 1:07 pm on Fri, Feb 28, 2014.

    Debra Posts: 1

    The police had their tag number so why put other people in danger. If the criminal had killed someone does that make it ok for the police to take a chance in town of killing others? School was getting out and parents were going to pick up kids. I just don't think its worth killing someone else!!!

  • tom posted at 8:00 am on Fri, Feb 28, 2014.

    tom Posts: 99

    OK. So you want them to let the criminal go as if nothing happened and let him get by with murder or whatever? Or worse, let him have a chance do something else?? You would then be the very one that would complain that the police did not do enough to stop him. "You can't have your cake and eat it too". Think about it

  • Maria Gilliland posted at 7:25 am on Fri, Feb 28, 2014.

    Maria Gilliland Posts: 1

    I respectfully disagree. I trust our officers to make that judgment call as they are trained to do! What is the point of having police officers if they just let criminals go?

  • mandably posted at 10:28 pm on Thu, Feb 27, 2014.

    mandably Posts: 1

    Is it really so important to catch someone with drugs in their vehicle that you chase them at extremely high speed through cramped and crowded downtown Albertville?? Criminals are stupid and do not think about who they might hurt trying to escape from police officers, but it is the JOB of the police to keep the residents of this area safe. They should know better. It seriously kills me that he actually said "we dont know what this person might have just done..." and included robbing a bank as an example... We have good police officers in our area, but this is just ridiculous. Let the criminal go. Criminals are stupid and they will mess up again and be caught- do not go chasing some idiot who is just trying to avoid going to jail through town. What if the family in the SUV had been killed? Chases like this put INNOCENT people in danger. Kids walk through our downtown on a daily basis... it is just not worth it.