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New details about deadly high speed chase

New details about deadly high speed chase
By: Holly Brantley

Speeds nearing 100 miles per hour, and beer cans flying out of the car windows. It all happened as a Chaffee officer chased a car carrying four people.

According to an incident report from the Chaffee Police Department filed by Officer Jim Backfisch, the pursuit began after the officer saw the suspects car run a stop sign.

Eventually the chase would end about five miles from Whitewater. The crash killed two people and critically injured two others.

Eventually, Officer Backfisch says he lost sight of the 95' Oldsmobile because of a hill. When he reached the other side, he saw a fire and realized the car had crashed.

During the chase, officers say the cars reached speeds of 100 miles per hour. At times, officers say the driver of the car made rude hand gestures through the window. And, threw out what looked like beer cans along the way.

In addition to the report, we also have a copy of the Chaffee Police Departments pursuit policy. It says whether to pursue a fleeing car rests with an officer's judgement. He must judge whether any danger to himself and the public is outweighed by the danger to the public should the subject remain at large.

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