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Police Weigh Options of When to Start a High Speed Chase

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With such high speeds in two high speed chases Sunday night and early Monday morning, the question is: At what point to police decide it is too dangerous and call a chase off?

The chase early this morning was mainly on a highway and ended in a field southwest of Sabin, Minnesota. "He was able to keep ahead of the deputies, but at some point couldn't tell where he was at," says Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist.

Jarrad Hogan of Moorhead reached speeds of more than 100 miles-per-hour. In Moorhead, Raheem Kemokai led police at speeds of more than 70 miles-per-hour.

"I think we've trained our deputies enough that I think themselves will call it off," says Bergquist.

But what point is that?

For both Moorhead Police and the Clay County Sheriff's Department, there are a number of factors considered before a pursuit is even started. Bergquist says, "When they get into areas that the speeds are just way too much for the vehicle, you have to think of that. Time of day. How many people are on the road with you."

Bergquist adds that the pursuit with Hogan out near Sabin happened at the right point of the day, 2:45 a.m.

Time of day also played a part in the Moorhead chase. At 9:30 p.m., Lt. Tory Jacobson says pedestrian and vehicle traffic was very low, allowing a pursuit. "You have to constantly evaluate the conditions," he adds.

Both law enforcement officials say a chase will be called of immediately if public safety comes into question. "If that was 5 o'clock on Highway 52, that probably would have ended that pursuit very quickly," says Bergquist.

That is because just as important as keeping the general public safe is the safety of the deputies and officers involved in the chase.

Hogan's chase ended when he crashed into the ditch. He was taken to the hospital, but was okay and now remains in jail.

In the Moorhead chase, police used stop sticks to deflate the tires on Kemokai's car. He tried to run but was tracked down by a K-9 unit.

Kemokai is facing charges for the robbery and fleeing police.

Hogan also has a list of charges including: fleeing police, 4th Degree DWI for a controlled substance, criminal damage to property and he had a warrant for a 4th Degree assault. He may have to pay for the damages to the fields he drove through as well.
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