Police Chase Ends With PIT Maneuver That Makes Stolen SUV Flip

A stolen SUV flipped over violently after Georgia State Police executed a PIT block in a northwest Atlanta residential area late last week.

A police car was also damaged in the crash, although it was the SUV’s driver, Maria Rodriguez, who needed to be taken to the hospital while in the custody of the authorities, as reported by WSB-TV Atlanta.

“George State Patrol arrived on scene, took lead of the pursuit and eventually performed a pit maneuver, bringing the chase to an end,” stated Sgt. John Chafee. The stolen SUV was initially spotted a couple of blocks away from the crash site, and the driver refused to stop.

“I’m sitting at school, on the couch, and it just goes by so fast around the corner,” said a witness. “And all I hear is police sirens behind her. It looks terrible. I am surprised she made it out alive.”

Rodriguez now faces multiple charges, including car theft and reckless driving. Also, Channel 2’s Lauren Pozen reported that the perpetrator was previously charged with possession of drugs and theft back in June.

While the maneuver, which intends to cause a fleeing car go sideways and lose control, clearly worked, we can’t help but feel as though the police could have acted in a safer way, especially since they were in a residential area.

 

  • pcurve

    it’s not like there was a hostage… surely there’s a better way to handle.

    • brn

      Chases are dangerous. Pitts end chases, reducing the danger. It’s extremely rare for them to end this violently.

  • Six_Tymes

    excellent. wish there was more video. good old Hot Lanta

  • xman

    high speed, in a residential area, and pedestrians on the sidewalk…too risky.

  • DR.FUNK

    At least the vehicle running the video didn’t get “collateralized”.The wheel from the wrecked SUV put on a 3D show…without viewer involvement.

  • owlafaye

    Looks fairly safe to me. Considering the high car theft rate, I think stiff sentences are in order. Stealing a car? 3 years in jail,l first offense.

  • Howfarr

    Good, just shame the thieves didn’t die

    • heavystarch

      Right because death is the appropriate punishment for theft.

      • Howfarr

        Yes

  • heavystarch

    That seemed wholly uncalled for. There were people on the road. A power line was knocked that could have risked a fire or death to innocent bystanders.

    Police departments need to devise a safe mechanical method to stop a fleeing car. Maybe a ram fitted to the front of a patrol car with a special ram hook that can puncture and grab the fleeing vehicle. Then the cop car can apply brakes and slow it down.

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