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Sheriff Testifes about Pursuit Policy

August 10th, 2018 by

murder trialThe first defense witness was a police dispatcher, who was called by attorneys to play the radio recording of the pursuit for the jury, again.

At 9:50, Sheriff Mark Gober was called to explain the DCSO’s pursuit policy.  The policy was explained, including area, population, purpose, etc.

Specific questions pertained to darkness, rain, and how the policy dealt with a person who may or may not “be a danger to the public, the road’s lack of shoulders and curves in the area.

Gober pointed out the the radio traffic did not include the word “pursuit,” but said “attempting to stop,” which doesn’t imply the subject is fleeing, but rather may be looking for a safe place to pull over, or may not be aware that an officer is behind them.  Gober added that “attempting to stop” calls happen very often in the city and county.

Counsel also asked Gober about safety for the public, the officer and the suspect,” reckless disregard,” and the department’s seat belt policy.

Gober accentuated his opinion that the deputy on location knew the situation and was responsible for making any decisions on what response was appropriate.

 

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