, law enforcement has a duty to
protect the public when choosing to continue a pursuit.
In the Pinellas Park case, officers and deputies from three different jurisdictions
engaged approximately 15 police cars in a pursuit on the main roadway. All officers
and deputies violated department policies by continuing the pursuit. Another officer
driving an unmarked police vehicle entered the roadway from a side street in an
attempt to join the pursuit. At the same time, a civilian vehicle occupied by two sisters
waited to cross the roadway. Without warning the women, the officer entered from
the side street and turned right onto the main road in an effort to get ahead of the
pursuit. When the light turned green, the sisters pulled into the path of the pursued
vehicle. Both sisters and the fleeing driver were killed.