According to local media, a police chase took place near Stockholm last week for a Saab 9-5 Wagon 2.0T that occasionally moved at high speed. When it was noticed that the suspicious red Saab wagon was moving at an illicit speed, the police car tried to catch up and stop it.
But, the Saab driver did not respond, he continued driving. The police vehicle then followed the suspect, but at a safe distance, not forcing for security reasons and the safety of other road users. Because of all this, the pursuit continued for the next 60 kilometers.
Swedish Police made their first concerted attempt to stop him near the highway exit, when another patrol ambushed him by throwing a spike strip or ‘stinger‘ across the road.
Interestingly, as you can see from the footage of the Swedish police, Saab was speeding on a highway with a spare tyre (the front left wheel), and we know that maximum allowed speed with a spare wheel is 80 km/h. Even this “handicap” did not discourage the fugitive, he was driving at high speed. Then, the next barrier with Spike strip slowed the Saab fugitive, and then stopped with the PIT maneuver (pursuit intervention technique)., and at end – the “box and stop” containment method. As was suspected, the driver was under the influence of narcotics and was found to have illegal substances.
Police car chases
Cases like this but also police pursuits are very dangerous and risky, and often with a fatal outcome. Let us remind you that “USA Today” newspaper found in one survey that from 1979 to 2013 More than 5,000 bystanders and passengers have been killed in police car chases, and tens of thousands more were injured as officers repeatedly pursued drivers at high speeds and in hazardous conditions. At least 11,506 people, including 6,300 fleeing suspects, were killed in police chases from 1979 through 2013, most recent year for which NHTSA records are available.