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High Speed Chase Leaves Some Questioning Police Efforts


MILFORD, Del. - It was like a scene from a Hollywood movie. It was a Wednesday afternoon high speed chase through eastern Sussex County that eventually ended near Milford, but not after a 70-mile cat-and-mouse game with police.

Police officers chased 45-year old Jorge Vasquez for almost two hours through multiple towns. That has some people questioning whether police should have stopped the pursuit.

"They could have killed people by chasing him. They had the helicopter, they had his license plate. Why not let him go, let him go home and then go get him," said Johnny Diogo of Milford.

"Somewhere along the lines they could have blocked him in I think. With all the cops that was chasing him, they could have pinned him in at the (rehoboth) golf course," said Larry Diogo of Milford.

Others say he had to be caught.

"I think they did it to the best of their abilities and did what they thought was best," said William Huey of Milford.

Lt. Edward Huey with the Milford Police Department says there are protocols officers must follow during pursuits.

Those include a number of considerations; ones that must be made almost immediately.

"It's very east to Monday morning quarterback a pursuit like this. The things that the officer has to take into consideration are what's the reason for the initial pursuit? Is the officer able to identify who the operator is? The reason for the pursuit, the weather, the traffic conditions, road conditions, conditions of the suspect vehicle's car, that driver's abilities," said Huey.

Huey says ultimately it's up to the officer to decide what's best during a chase.
"I think that the tactics  that they used were smart and expedient under the circumstances they were aware of at the time that this event was occurring," said Huey.

Huey says most of the police departments in Delaware follow a model policy that was adopted by the Delaware Police Chief's Foundation.

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