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spreadsheet Motor Vehicle Pursuits, 2014-YTD, (incident-level data)

Members of the Northampton Police Department initiate thousands of motor vehicle stops each year. Most of the time, drivers obey the law and pull to the side. A small minority of drivers fail to stop and instead intentionally try to evade police by accelerating, and by driving erratically and unpredictably. When this occurs the officer who attempted to stop the driver immediately notifies the on-duty supervisor and tells them their location, current speed, the initial reason for the attempt to stop, and other relevant factors. At that time either the officer or the supervisor has the complete authority to decide to terminate the pursuit. Motor vehicle pursuits pose a threat to the safety of the fleeing driver and other occupants of the vehicle, bystander drivers and pedestrians, and to the officer(s) trying to stop the car. Our officers have advanced training in emergency vehicle operation and receive ongoing driver training throughout their careers. We take these events seriously and do everything that we can to best prepare our officers for incidents of fleeing vehicles.
When a pursuit ends the officer(s) involved complete a Motor Vehicle Pursuit form and it is reviewed by their supervisor and the Captain of Operations. We want to ensure that the pursuing officer(s) operated in a safe manner and followed our written policies. In addition to the forms, most marked cruisers have a camera system that records the pursuit and the eventual stop, if the car did stop. These items are reviewed as well. The table below reflects all of the pursuits that our officers have engaged in since 2014.

2018 Motor Vehicle Pursuits              
  Date Time Subject Age Subject Gender Subject Race Subject Ethnicity Initial Reason for the Stop Cause of Pursuit End Arrest Charges
1 5/12/2018 4:43 PM 21 M W Non-Hispanic Stolen Vehicle Terminated by Shift Supervisor Yes Receive Stolen MV, Failure to Stop, Negligent Operation, Leaving the Scene of Property Damage, Resisting Arrest, Speeding, Marked Lanes, Unlicenced Operation of MV
2 5/25/2018 8:15 PM 15 M W Non-Hispanic Drug Activity  MV Accident No Operator Summons for: Having an Explosive Device,  Unlicensed Operation of a MV, Failure to Stop for a Police Officer,  Reckless Operation of a MV,  Leaving the Scene of Property Damage,  Number Plate Violation to Conceal ID, Unregistered MV, Uninsured MV
3 8/23/2018 2:43 AM 48 M W Non-Hispanic Suspect in Armed Robbery  Terminated by Officers No Failure to Stop, Negligent Operation of a MV, Speeding
                     
2017 Motor Vehicle Pursuits              
  Date Time Subject Age Subject Gender Subject Race Subject Ethnicity Initial Reason for the Stop Cause of Pursuit End Arrest Charges
1 1/17/2017 4:11 AM unknown unknown unknown unknown Suspect in Armed Robbery/Stolen Vehicle Driver escaped No None- driver not identified
2 6/14/2017 4:39 AM 28 Male W Non-hispanic Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (knife) MV Accident Yes Assault w/DW (knife), Fail to Stop for Police, OUI- Liquor, Negligent Operation of a MV, Unlicensed Operation of a MV, Resisting Arrest
3 8/6/2017 8:35 AM 25 Male W Non-hispanic Suspicious Male Suspect stopped on his own Yes Larceny of a MV, Negligent Operation, Fail to Stop for Police, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident, Speeding
4 10/29/2017 2:15 AM 25 Male W Non-hispanic Speeding and Marked Lanes  Suspect stopped on his own Yes OUI Liquor- 2nd Offense, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, A&B on a Police Officer, Fail to Stop for Police, Number Plate Violation, Speeding, Marked Lanes, Unregistered MV
2016 Motor Vehicle Pursuits              
  Date Time Subject Age Subject Gender Subject Race Subject Ethnicity Initial Reason for the Stop Cause of Pursuit End Arrest Charges
1 3/10/2016 1:21 AM unknown unknown unknown unknown Speeding Terminated by Shift Supervisor No None- Driver never identified
2 12/14/2016 1:34 AM 17 Male W Non-hispanic Equipment Violation Terminated by Shift Supervisor Charges Filed Operating with a Suspended License, Failure to Stop for Police, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Speeding
2015 Motor Vehicle Pursuits              
  Date Time Subject Age Subject Gender Subject Race Subject Ethnicity Initial Reason for the Stop Cause of Pursuit End Arrest Charges
1 4/21/2015 11:36pm 28 Male W Hispanic Erractic Operation Suspect stopped on his own Yes Fail to Stop for Police, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle
2 6/17/2015 11:31pm 44 Male W Non-hispanic Speeding MV Accident Yes OUI, Failure to Stop for Police, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Poss. of Class B, Carrying a Dangerous Weapon
3 10/10/2015 2:16am unknown unknown unknown unknown Speeding MV Accident No None-Driver never identified
4 10/19/2015 1:10am 25 Male B Non-hispanic Defective Plate Light Terminated by Shift Supervisor Summons  Failure to Stop for a Police Officer, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Operating After Suspended License, Speed Greater than Reasonable, Fail to Stop at Stop Signal, Number Plate Violation 
5 12/26/2015 1:30pm 42 Male B Non-hispanic Stolen MV MV Accident Yes Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle,
Wanton Destruction of Property +$250, Operating Motor Vehicle with License Revoked (subsequent offense), Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Fail to Stop/Yield, Marked Lanes Violation, Fail to Stop For Police
2014 Motor Vehicle Pursuits              
  Date Time Subject Age Subject Gender Subject Race Subject Ethnicity Initial Reason for the Stop Cause of Pursuit End Arrest Charges
1 1/19/2014 1:22pm 62 Male W Non-hispanic Erratic operation Driver stopped-medical issue No None
2 5/13/2014 12:45 AM 23 Male W Non-hispanic Report of impaired operator MV Accident Summons OUI- 2nd Offense, Revoked License, Use Without Authority, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Fail to Stop for Police
3 5/23/2014 9:34am 27 Male W Non-hispanic Inspection sticker violation Suspect stopped on his own Yes Failure to Stop for Police, Inspection Sticker Violation
4 7/23/2014 5:22pm Unknown Male U Unknown Speeding Terminated by Shift Supervisor No None- driver never identified.
5 8/1/2014 1:02am 71 Male W Non-hispanic Erratic operation Suspect stopped on his own Yes OUI-3rd Offense, Failure to Stop for Police, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle
6 8/28/2014 7:01pm 33 Male W Non-hispanic Stolen MV Stopped with spike strips Yes Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle, Failure to Stop for Police, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Suspended License (subsequent offense), Poss. Class A, Poss. Class B, Receiving Stolen Property +$250
7 11/4/2014 1:38pm 22 Male W Hispanic Stolen MV Stopped with spike strips Yes- Hadley PD Charges filed by Hadley Police

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