[First filed: November 14, 2006 @ 14:56]
The ABC is reporting that an elderly woman has died near the Woden Police Station after getting caught up in a high speed pursuit.
“The pursuit ended late this morning when two cars collided in south Canberra. Police have confirmed an elderly woman died after her car was hit about 11:30am AEDT outside the Woden Police Station.”
While in principle supporting the idea that police should chase people who run away from them, how many lives are being saved compared to how many we’re losing?
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UPDATED: The Canberra Times has gone into overdrive today, we get three local stories on their website, sadly it’s all the same story.
First up is Tamara Glumac’s effort to intensify the tragedy with tales of Christmas shopping interrupted by CARnage.
Then Victor Violante informs us that Amber Jane Westin, 21, of Higgins allegedly “appeared disoriented and was swerving on the road” as she tried to run from police in her crappy old car. Interestingly the description of the incident sounds more like an effort to stop a car and less like the “pursuit” described in the original reportage.
Then Tamara is back with ACT Chief Police Officer, Audrey Fagan, standing by her officers and the news that a scheduled review into the current pursuit guidelines is due next April.