What To Do If You Get Caught in the Middle of a Police Chase - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/20/06

What To Do If You Get Caught in the Middle of a Police Chase

The man who led Lubbock Police on a high-speed chase Thursday morning is still on the run.

The chase started in the 1300 block of 20th Street around 11:30 a.m. when police saw what they thought was a drug deal. It ended when the suspect jumped out of the car near the Fairway Villas Complex at 4th Street and Loop 289.

Police weren't able to find him but they hauled away the black Mercury Cougar he was driving.

If you recognize the car or have any information call crime line at (806) 741-1000.

Police say the moments from the start of a pursuit to the arrest are crucial, so what happens if you as a driver, get caught in the middle?

The dash cam video from Thursday's chase shows the suspect reaching speeds of more than 100-miles-per hour, going through residential areas and down busy streets as the lunch hour was approaching.

And through it all, other drivers are constantly in the way and have no idea what to do.

"Anything you can safely do to get to the right side of the road and stop, do that. Extra caution has to be used at an intersection because that emergency vehicle maybe wanting to turn to the right so they maybe trying to get over to the right, or if traffic is in such a situation that they have to go over into the left turning lane or even into the oncoming lanes to make that right turn, don't always assume that vehicle is going to be going straight through an intersection," Lt. Scott Hudgens with the Lubbock Police Department said.

So Lubbock police say the bottom line is to pull over and stop.

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