(WXYZ) – They are always dangerous. They are always controversial.
Dozens have been killed in high-speed police pursuits. Now one Michigan lawmaker is fighting to slam on the brakes, but state police are fighting back.
While they can have a bad outcome, police say the chases are necessary.
“I’d like to say I can end every pursuit and no one would ever get hurt,” says MSP Lt. Mike Shaw. “But that’s not something we can do right now.”
Earlier this month, a family of five was devastated in a high-speed pursuit crash. It turned out the driver was chased only because he had no drivers license.
Malaysia, 6, was seriously injured.
“We later found out at the hospital she had a brain injury, she was bleeding in the brain,” says her mother Mary.
Mary has a cracked rib. Her one-year-old niece was also injured. The infant’s father also sustained severe internal injuries.
“Kidney failure, bleeding inside. He had to have his spleen removed. He’s on a ventilator still,” says Mary.
The trouble peaked in 2014, 27 people were killed in pursuit crashes, according to state police. Last year, 21 were killed, nine were in Wayne County.