Police vow to catch those involved in high speed chases
POLICE have reiterated that those evading police will be found and will be charged.
The service has defended its restrict police pursuit policy, following numerous car chases on the Sunshine Coast in the past week.
On Wednesday a Burpengary man was at the centre of a chase when he failed to stop for police.
Last weekend two officers were injured in a police chase which started in Marcoola and ended in Kallangur in Brisbane's North.
A police van flipped when an offender rammed the vehicle while attempting to evade police.
Under the Queensland Police Service Traffic Manual, police are banned from high-speed chases if the matters are minor including license and street checks, random breath tests, simple traffic and evasion offences and indictable offences based on officer suspicion or instinct.
Pursuits are permitted when officers have a reasonable belief that someone in the car has or will commit a serious crime such as murder.
There is no set speed where a police officer must end a chase, instead each case is treated as unique, unlike other Australian states.
Queensland Road Police Command acting inspector Shane Panoho, who has worked in traffic-related policing for 17 years including the Sunshine Coast, said safety was the number-one priority.
"There will always be an element within the community that looks to push the laws as much as they can, and by doing so, those people are endangering not only their lives but the members of the public," Acting Insp Panoho said.
"We have a restrictive pursuit policy with an underlying need for safety.
"Just because police choose to take the safe option and cease a chase, we will be following up, we will catch up with you anywhere, anytime.
"We do everything we can in relation to stolen vehicles and in a majority of the cases we do recover those vehicles and apprehend the offender, through forensic techniques.
"We are still apprehending offenders."
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Trevor Kriel: never ever let them get away otherwise the police might as well be on bicycles...isn't that why they have these high powered chase vehicles?
John Simmons: always put safety first no matter what.
Michael Whittemore: with safety in mind they should not chase, but there needs to be more money to design some sort of tracking system.