Oklahoma City Police studying pursuit policy in wake of deaths

Sunday, December 4th 2005, 6:50 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- With three deaths and 10 injuries as the result of police chases in Oklahoma City in recent months, the police department is examining its pursuit policy.

Captain Jeffrey Becker says Oklahoma City's current pursuit policy gives officers discretion on chasing a fleeing suspect. Other cities have adopted more restrictive policies that prohibit police from chasing suspects unless they're violent offenders.

Oklahoma City Police Sergeant John Dragus died October 20th when he wrecked his cruiser while pursuing a stolen motorcycle. Kent Castleberry died last month when a car being chased by Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers slammed into a car in which he was a passenger.

Kevin Leotis Grant died October 24th when his car plunged into the Oklahoma River while he was being chased by Moore police.