Two men remain behind bars after their car struck a pedestrian Friday night while being pursued by police. So, we wanted to know what protocol Erie Police follow when officers are involved in a chase, and if that protocol was followed that night.
It was a frightening scene Friday night at east 29th and German. A driver loses control of a speeding car and rams into a 8-year old girl on the sidewalk. The car was being pursued by Erie Police after it nearly rammed head-on into officers on East 24th street. Officers estimated the car's speed at 60 miles per hour.
"They attempted to turn around and get into position to pull that vehicle over. But it was out of sight by that time and had turned the corner on German Street," said Chief Randy Bowers.
Bowers says department protocol allows patrol officers to decide when to call off a chase for the safety of themselves and the public. On Friday night, the officers never got close enough to the speeding car to even get a license plate number. Officers decided to not take any risks.
"This was not a case of the police car being behind the bad guy snaking in and winding through city streets. The whole event took about two minutes. They got close to them once. Then he just sped away," Bowers said.
Protocol also calls for the police radio to be free of all transmissions during a chase. Also, all chase vehicles must be marked, and have lights and sirens in operation.
The driver of the car, Angelo Moore, 18, and his passenger, Brandon Carlson, 18, are behind bars. The little girl, Cassidy Wall, 8, suffered a concussion.