Police have released this video (2MB, .wmv) of a chase earlier this week that ended with the death of two young people who refused to pull over. On Tuesday, a 21-year-old woman was driving a white Nissan Pathfinder at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. The chase started in Colleton County, South Carolina and came to a deadly end near the Chatham-Bryan County line. It was all caught on tape.
Police say the chase endangered the lives of several motorists. Georgia State Patrol used the PIT (precision immobilization technique) maneuver, and the outcome was fatal. WTOC obtained this video of the chase from the Colleton County Sheriff's Office. It was shot by one of their deputies' dashboard cameras.
You can clearly see the car in pursuit. It's the white Nissan Pathfinder weaving in and out of traffic. As the chase continues down I-95 south at speeds of more than 100 miles an hour, you can see the car decides to lead police down the shoulder. At one point, you can see the driver nearly takes out a Department of Transportation worker on the side of the road.
"She already had stepped on the accelerator and was punching it, trying to get away," said Capt. Kent Tisdale. "They knew she was running automatically."
When the 21-year-old driver hit the gas, she was about 50 miles from the Georgia-South Carolina border. Once the car crossed the state line, you can see a black Georgia State Patrol car joining the chase.
It was the Georgia State Patrol who decided it was time to end the chase by using the PIT maneuver. You can see the GSP car run into the back passenger side of the Nissan. The Nissan quickly spins out of control and out of sight of the cameras.
The PIT maneuver is designed to do just this, end the chase. But this maneuver also ended the lives of the driver and her passenger.
"It's unfortunate, it's unfortunate anytime a life is taken," said Capt. Tisdale. "We're all saddened by it along with the families, but we're out there to do a job and that's what we had to do."
Police say the PIT maneuver is used as a last result and it's up to the discretion of the officer.