Hurtt's no-chase policy cited by man who fled authorities

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KPRC-2 reports that one bad guy didn’t get the word that Chief Hurtt’s ill-advised no-chase policy had been temporarily suspended:

A man who thought law enforcement officers could not chase him led deputies on a chase Tuesday night, officials told KPRC Local 2.

Harris County sheriff’s deputies said the man refused to stop for a traffic violation on Aldine Bender Road near Aldine Westfield Road at about 9:40 p.m.

The chase, which reached speeds above 80 mph, ended when the driver pulled over at a gas station on the Southwest Freeway near Kirby Drive, officials said.

Deputies said the man told them he thought Houston police officers were not allowed to chase him for a traffic violation.

“He said he thought the no-chase policy for the city was still in effect,” Deputy Kevin Hanson said.

The man apparently did not realize that it was a sheriff’s deputy who initiated the traffic stop, not a Houston police officer.

If Chief Hurtt’s no-chase policy returns, we are likely to see even more bad guys emboldened by the fact that Mayor White’s soft-on-crime police chief seems determined to place more obstacles in the way of HPD officers than Houston’s bad guys.

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