- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - Mitchell City Council members say they feel no need to review police protocol for pursuits in the wake of two recent chases that resulted in crashes, injuries and a fatality.

Mayor Ken Tracy said he thinks officers acted appropriately, and City Council members told The Daily Republic newspaper (https://bit.ly/1GarzuP ) that they don’t think micromanagement is in the best interest of either the council or the police department.

“There are some things in life that are not clearly black or white, and police chases are one such item,” Councilman Mel Olson said. “Each chase is unique, and to have a policy set in stone would not be conducive to good law enforcement or to public safety.”

In one chase last month, suspect Ryan McManus crashed into a parked car and died. Authorities said his blood alcohol level was four times the legal limit for driving.

In the other pursuit, police say suspect Charles Reed caused a three-vehicle crash that injured two children, their mother and a police officer. Reed has pleaded not guilty to several charges including drunken driving and vehicular battery and is to stand trial in July.

Public Safety Chief Lyndon Overweg said police chases might seem glamorous and exciting in movies, but in real life “there’s a tragic side to it. There can be true victims in this.”

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Information from: The Daily Republic, https://www.mitchellrepublic.com

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