The Dangerous Price of Pursuit - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/1/02

The Dangerous Price of Pursuit

A high speed chase ended Friday morning with the death of a Lubbock man. Police say, the chase began when 34 year-old Gilberto Herrera got into a minor accident at 4th Street and Avenue Q. While the police officer filled out a report, Herrera allegedly jumped back into his car and headed east on 4th Street. When Herrera reached the underpass on 4th St. he lost control and crashed into a concrete pillar. Herrera died just after 1 a.m. at University Medical Center.

August 1997: 21 year-old Stephanie King shot to death, after leading police on a 50 minute chase through Lubbock streets. May 1999: 19 year-old James Bluhm runs from police and smashes into a car in South Lubbock killing an innocent bystander.

Friday, November 1st, 2002: 34 year-old Gilberto Herrera dies after running from police and crashing into a pillar. Lubbock Police Captain Richard Foster says no one ever expects to die after running from the cops, but that is exactly the risk you take.

"A person that flees from the police is very unpredictable, we can't predict what he's going to do at any given time and that becomes a dangerous threat to the general public," says Captain. Foster.

Captain Foster says Lubbock Police do have rules when deciding whether or not to pursue. "The need to apprehend the suspect outweighs the risk of the public in general." Specifically, Lubbock Police consider three things. "The time of day, the density of traffic at the time, what information is available to the officer at the time as to why the person is fleeing," says Foster.

Most importantly, police say you can keep them from chasing, by deciding never to run. Police are still trying to figure exactly why Herrera chose to flee the scene-of a minor fender bender. The officer who spoke to Herrera says he had no reason to believe he had been drinking. But they will find out for sure once the autopsy results come in.

If you evade arrest in a vehicle it's considered a state felony. You face up to two years in jail and up to a $10,000 fine. But in this case, Herrera paid with his life.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Police: Woman was living with dead body for possibly a year

    Police: Woman was living with dead body for possibly a year

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 9:04 PM EDT2018-04-25 01:04:21 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 9:04 PM EDT2018-04-25 01:04:21 GMT
    The woman was living with the body of her 68-year-old boyfriend near Detroit. (Source: WDIV/CNN)The woman was living with the body of her 68-year-old boyfriend near Detroit. (Source: WDIV/CNN)

    The woman was living with the body of her 68-year-old boyfriend near Detroit.

    The woman was living with the body of her 68-year-old boyfriend near Detroit.

  • Online post suggests rampage suspect may have resented women

    Online post suggests rampage suspect may have resented women

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 12:25 AM EDT2018-04-24 04:25:49 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 8:59 PM EDT2018-04-25 00:59:10 GMT
    (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP). Officials carry a body into a vehicle after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into pedestrians in Toronto on Monday, April 23, 2018. The rented van jumped onto the crowded sidewalk Monday, killing and i...(Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP). Officials carry a body into a vehicle after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into pedestrians in Toronto on Monday, April 23, 2018. The rented van jumped onto the crowded sidewalk Monday, killing and i...

    Police in Canada's biggest city are piecing together witness accounts and surveillance video trying to determine why a driver plowed a rented van along a crowded sidewalk, killing 10 people and injuring 15 in what...

    Police in Canada's biggest city are piecing together witness accounts and surveillance video trying to determine why a driver plowed a rented van along a crowded sidewalk, killing 10 people and injuring 15 in what many said seemed a deliberate attack.

  • The Latest: Trump urges VA nominee to keep fighting

    The Latest: Trump urges VA nominee to keep fighting

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 9:46 AM EDT2018-04-24 13:46:17 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 8:57 PM EDT2018-04-25 00:57:31 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon). In this April 16, 2018, photo, U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, M.D., sits with Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Veteran's Affairs Committee, before their meeting on Capitol Hilin Washington. Jackson is President D...(AP Photo/Alex Brandon). In this April 16, 2018, photo, U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, M.D., sits with Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Veteran's Affairs Committee, before their meeting on Capitol Hilin Washington. Jackson is President D...

    The White House is standing behind Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's choice to be Veterans Affairs secretary amid growing questions about his qualifications.

    The White House is standing behind Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's choice to be Veterans Affairs secretary amid growing questions about his qualifications.

Powered by Frankly