This is a topic that is bothersome to me. The topic... when a person chooses to run from the police in a motor vehicle. Many lives are put at risk when this situation occurs... the police, you, me, our families, our friends and many tax-paying citizens of our communities. We hear about the topic from time-to-time. Many think the police should not pursue a person who is fleeing in a motor vehicle. But that is not what I want to discuss. I think a person who does this should be given a mandatory prison sentence of at least 5 years.
We have mandatory sentences in our country for numerous crimes: drug dealing, drug possesion, carrying a firearm in a bar, usng a firearm while commiting certain crimes, etc. I am not here to argue those mandatory sentences. But why not have a mandatory sentence for a person who puts many innocent people at risk of death? We have all seen chases on TV. Many times the suspect has absolutely no concern for anyone. They run stopsigns, redlights, cross through dangerous intersections at high speeds, run up on sidewalks and through yards & slam into innocent vehicles. They also cause our hardworking officers to risk their lives by having to attempt to stop these suspects.
Almost all police cruisers have dash-mounted cameras. So I find it hard to believe that a person will not be convicted of this obvious crime when they are on video. I for one would feel no sympathy for a person who risks the lives of many innocent people by running from the police. No sympathy. It definitely endangers more innocent lives than some idiot carrying a few grams of cocaine in his front-pocket.