An intense police chase that spanned two counties in Kentucky and ended with weapons drawn took an surprising flip — when the police chief hugged the motive force, footage shows.
The pursuit started when the lady, recognized by cops as Latrece Curry, was shaken after a home dispute along with her husband and fled the house earlier than cops arrived.
When a deputy tracked her down, she sped off, sparking a sizzling chase Wednesday involving a number of police automobiles, Chief James Richardson stated.
The pursuit got here to a high-stakes finish when Curry, 41, ultimately pulled over in a parking zone in Hodgenville to keep away from a roadblock.
Officers then strategy the automobile with weapons drawn, yelling on the suspect to get out of her car, bodycam footage shows.
However as Richardson slowly strikes nearer, pointing his firearm at her via the automobile window, the temper out of the blue modifications.
“I obtained to the motive force’s facet door and advised her to unlock the door, she had her palms up, she was shaking like a leaf. I imply the poor woman, once I opened the door it was like a glance of sheer terror. She was scared to demise,” Richardson advised The Submit.
Richardson then put his gun again in his holster and advised her to “relax, you’re okay,” bodycam footage shows.
“In fact we had weapons, weapons pointed at her, so I simply tried to calm her down. She was shaking so dangerous she couldn’t get her seatbelt off, so I helped her get her seatbelt off,” he recalled.
“I didn’t understand her as a risk, she didn’t have any weapons. I took management of her palms, she began crying. She reached out and hugged me and I simply sort of hugged her again,” the police chief stated.
Curry was later taken into custody and charged with fleeing police, endangerment and site visitors violations, the division stated.
“Her assertion to me was she was simply within the zone, she didn’t know what she was doing and he or she was extraordinarily sorry. She had no prison document to talk of, had by no means been in hassle that I do know of. She simply made a very dangerous selection,” Richardson advised The Submit of her arrest.
Richardson stated it was the primary time a pursuit had ever led to a hug in his 23 years on the job — however it’s a “nice instance of conserving your feelings in examine on the finish of a pursuit.”
“Compassion is an efficient factor to have, particularly in policing. With all the pieces happening on the earth at present, all people makes errors,” he stated.