Skip to comments.Latest fatal chase spurs call for discussion (criminal jumps off bridge after car chase)
Posted on 12/14/2005 3:59:33 AM PST by T-Bird45
A broken tail light. A police pursuit. Another death. Less than 24 hours after a Monday morning chase by Oklahoma City police turned fatal, another chase ended with one of the men in the car jumping from a bridge at the Fort Smith junction of Interstates 35 and 40. Donny R. Tannehill, 31, died early Tuesday, according to the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Department.
(Excerpt) Read more at newsok.com ...
Anyway, this latest Darwin award douchebag jumped from a bridge with a sheriff's department K9 in close pursuit and the dog followed his training by continuing the pursuit over the guardrail. Amazingly, the dog is OK but I can't imagine being the handler watching that scene.
How can any pursuit policy realistically take into account the possibility that a douchebag in a drug-induced haze will jump off a 100-foot high bridge to avoid capture?
I could care less if they kill themseves or the perps, but they have killed 5 people in the last 3 months, some were innocent bystanders.
regards - red
People don't kill people, Bridges kill people. At the least, all bridges should be provided with a safety net to prevent the needless deaths.
Whoever made that defective bridge without a safety net should be sued by the police for the mental anguish it is going to cause them.
Sorry, I don't care how many lives would be saved or crimes would be stopped - even if it would save my mother. I'd fight that inrusion with everything I have.
I am CONSTANTLY amazed at the people around here who would give aup all liberties and give total power to the government (like they are your friend and you can trust them) - then call themselves "conservatives".
If you honestly think that the government should be allowed to do that - you should be over on the DU board - not on FR.
Here is a video link with a follow-up interview with the handler and the vet treating the dog.
Notice the lead. "Broken tail light" They always try to make it sound like the poor guy died because of a mere broken tail light. Would any normal non-criminal person run from the police because of a tail light? No..
When the car reached the Fort Smith junction, it was on the I-35 flyover when an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper forced it into a retaining wall, which ended the pursuit.
Tannehill and passenger Eric Smead, 34, of Midwest City then got out of the car.
Deputy Tracy Bartlett said an Oklahoma County sheriff's canine named Ajo was released and ran toward the car. Tannehill jumped over the guardrail, and Ajo followed close behind.
Investigators said they found traces of crack cocaine and empty beer cans in the vehicle.
Tannehill was taken to OU Medical Center, where he died Tuesday. Smead was arrested at the scene on outstanding warrants.
Whetsel said Tannehill had been in the Oklahoma County jail six times this year and 14 times since 1993 on various complaints and charges.
Ajo was taken to an emergency veterinarian hospital by Oklahoma City's police helicopter and is expected to survive, authorities said.
You watch now, his family will hook up some ambulance chaser and sue the city cause this scumbag had a severe phobia of dogs and thats what forced him to jump.
Talk about a dog that's into his work.
Saw this on the news last night! What I heard was, the guy fell like 150 feet and the dog followed and landed on top of him! .... Deputy Tracy Bartlett said an Oklahoma County sheriff's canine named Ajo was released and ran toward the car. Tannehill jumped over the guardrail, and Ajo followed close behind.
Thanks for the ping 2J...
Yeah right. Your idea is moronic.
OH, I see post 5 covered it.
I'm with you - - "high speed runners" endanger everybody else and the penalty for "high speed running" should be severe enough that it becomes conventional wisdom that when a cop car with lights flashing shows up behind you, you friggin pull over.
I don't know about "several years in solitary confinement", though - - maybe a few days of water boarding would suffice.
(I crack me up.)
So I guess they should try and chase as many people to a bridge before they stop them.
"So I guess they should try and chase as many people to a bridge before they stop them."
It would put them out of our misery.
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