A Hamilton County police chase ends with a car accident. Witnesses say the pursuit was scary and dangerous down a busy road. Monday, we found out why Hamilton County deputies didn't back off and why Chattanooga police say they have policies to prevent this type of ending.
Eugene Cobbs was one of many in shock that evening. "I seen the accident with the police and all out there with the accident. It was scary," says Cobbs.
Kimberly Brown was in her car as she watched the scene unfold. "All the police were down here. It was like 8 or 9 cars out here and they were all just piled up. They were just blocking the road. It was unsafe."
And some believe Hamilton County deputies shouldn't take that kind of risk. "They don't need to chase people down the middle of the public street," says Brown.
Chattanooga police have a 'No Pursuit Policy" for misdemeanors like traffic stops. But, Hamilton County spokesperson, Janice Atkinson, tells me their police is a bit different- based more on a case by case basis.
Brown says those exceptions should be few and far between. "If there is a child in danger that the only thing I would make an exception for honestly," adds Brown.
Hamilton County's Pursuit policy requires the department to evaluate 12 different factors before engaging in a chase. But, the manual also says that the most reasonable course of action would be termination of chase.
by Mikaya Thurmond