Many law enforcement agencies have limited their officers’ ability to pursue vehicles in recent years. The reason that police will no longer pursue vehicles for anything but the most serious crimes is that chases put the public at risk. Many have deemed it unnecessary to put people’s safety in danger over a misdemeanor or minor felony.
A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy is accused of traveling at speeds of more than 100 mph on Southern Boulevard, crashing into a vehicle and injuring the innocent driver. He is now answering to those charges in court nearly a year and a half later.
The deputy is charged with reckless driving causing serious injuries. Dashcam video shows the deputy weaving in and out of traffic and traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph. The deputy and other officers were told multiple times to not pursue the fleeing vehicle. The accused deputy has been on unpaid leave since 2016.
The driver who was injured in the crash is now living in an assisted living center due to his injuries that included a fractured pelvis, back and left arm. Several ribs were also broken in the crash. The victim suffered a traumatic brain injury and had to have his spleen removed.
Prior to this crash, the deputy was involved in no fewer than six other crashes.
If you have been involved in an accident in West Palm Beach, reach out to our team of personal injury attorneys. We will review the details of your accident and advise you of your legal options.