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Bexley Officers Speak Out After Road Chase
COLUMBUS (Tom Bosc/Kate Liebers) -- Bexley police spoke out Tuesday about a pursuit they said put officers in danger over the holiday.
"There are a lot of situations out on the street that you don't have any idea you'll ever have to encounter," Bexley Police Capt. Bryan Holbrook said.
The recent scare, however, did not initially seem like one of them.
Officers relied on their training to help stop a driver who blew a red light right in front of a Bexley police cruiser the night before Thanksgiving.
They gave chase, following the driver into a driveway. There, she backed into a cruiser three times.
She took off again, the chase eventually ending when a Columbus police officer ran the driver off the road.
Driver Sally Kurgis, 25, now faces nine charges, including resisting arrest and felonious assault.
To the relief of the officers involved, no one was hurt.
"There were a lot of things that could have gone really badly," Holbrook said.
Law enforcement authorities credited this outcome to proper preparation.
Officers are taught how to deal with a driver in a car when they are on foot.
First, they are taught not to reach into a vehicle. In the recent chase, responders gave verbal commands before attempting to break the windows.
"They're trying to gain entry into the vehicle," Holbrook said.
Even the cruiser that was in the driveway when the driver was trying to flee again suffered minimal damage.
"There would have been substantially more damage, except for a vehicles are equipped with push bumpers on the front," Holbrook said.
He said the officers did not use their guns because, while the situation was dangerous, the officers were not in immediate danger.
Watch a video of the chase here: http://bit.ly/19fAAR3