(RepublicanView.org) – Two children died during a police chase in Wisconsin when the driver of their car fled a traffic stop. The ten-year-olds were killed when the vehicle overturned during a pursuit in Waukesha County on December 20. Just before midnight, a County Deputy attempted to stop the car for speeding and lack of plates, but the driver sped away at “a high rate of speed.” Two deputies subsequently pursued the vehicle until it crashed in the town of Delafield, about three miles away.
The vehicle was carrying two adults and four children at the time of the crash, and the 29-year-old driver and his girlfriend were taken to hospital, along with a 6-year-old and 14-year-old. The two 10-year-old boys died at the scene.
According to reports, Waukesha County Sheriff Eric Severson called the incident “horrific” and “preventable” and blamed it on “really bad decision-making.” He also said that his deputies did the job properly, and when officers become involved in vehicle pursuits, “it’s because people choose to elude us.”
Severson furthermore requested a review of the crash by the Washington County Sheriff’s Department and said he would examine any procedure policy relevant to the incident. The driver is under arrest and will likely face multiple charges. He is believed to have fled the scene because of an outstanding arrest warrant related to unlawful weapons possession.
According to statistics, 2020 was considered the deadliest year for police pursuit deaths since 2006, with a total of 41 fatalities. California Highway Patrol data indicated that 476 were killed in police chases over the preceding 15 years, and these included 281 drivers, 94 passengers, 91 bystanders, and 10 cops.
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