A San Jose police pursuit ended in tragedy when 21-year old Jesus Loera took a family owed truck he was spinning doughnuts in the street, bolted when Santa Clara County sheriffs deputies attempted to serve a citation and crashed his vehicle into the side of a gas tanker killing himself and severely injuring his passenger. Sean Webby filed the story for the San Jose Mercury.http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_18325076?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com
Felony evasion of police is a serious thing, however many departments including the San Jose Police Department have standing policies that discourage officers from high-speed pursuits when the driver is not suspected of a violent felony. It’s up to the discretion of the officer to weigh public safety and taking dangerous threats off the streets.
In Loera’s case, sheriff deputies were responding to a call of cars driving recklessly, a possible fight and someone bleeding. The deputies determined gang activity when finding and injured man and a white pick-up driving quickly away. Loera after driving about 60 miles an hour for several minutes and blowing through red lights collided with the empty tanker truck at the overpass on East Santa Clara Street that leads to Highway 101. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Another tragic case involved Leylani Simmons who was driving with a suspended license and had a no bail warrant for reckless driving from Santa Clara County. Court records also show she was previously convicted of drunk driving in San Mateo County.
Officers attempted to pull over Ms. Simmons who was driving erractically and she tried to outrun officers in her silver Jeep Cherokee. She crashed her vehicle killing her passenger who was partially ejected.http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_18380452?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com
Weighing when to pursue and when not to in seconds is a tough call for officers. Having a policy to not pursue merely invites more law breakers to use felony evasion if they know all they have to do to receive a free pass is to speed away. Chasing down any speeder for any reason would turn quickly to an exercise in futility if officers had to stop because of the danger.
California Highway Patrol pursuits have turned deadly on San Jose streets. Last year three people were killed involving a CHP chase that ended on streets. One killed was an innocent 15-year old bystander.
Last July another CHP pursuit ended in a horrific crash into a Montufar family of San Jose at San Fernando and 10th Streets killing the mother.
Those that fail to submit to authority are the ones that need the attitude adjustment. Typically those that think they can outrun the police have issues with those in authority anyway. Rebellion expresses itself continually in failure to yield to those representing authority and refusing to submit to police sirens is a result of this ongoing and ever flawed practice. It will lead to tragedy sooner or later.
Blaming the police is a counter-productive excuse. Those that believe the police is the problem in felony high speed chases fail to look at the real culprits behind pursuits and that is the person refusing to pull over. They are are hiding something or have bigger issues working when they take off and endanger the public safety.
Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubborness is as idolatry; many foot the risk of someone refusing to stop and choosing high speed in an attempt to evade the police.
The way of the transgressor is indeed hard.