Couple challenges Mesa PD's pursuit response

Posted at 8:47 PM, Apr 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-02 02:05:52-04

A Kansas City couple is filing a complaint with Mesa police about how they handled a chase that unfolded on Interstate 10 last week.

John Hagan and his wife were on their way to a baseball game when the suspect’s car flipped in the air and into oncoming traffic.

“We didn’t think we would make it out alive,” said Hagan.

Police used a PIT maneuver to stop the suspect's truck.

“With the way he was driving, the PIT maneuver was the best option because we couldn’t let him hurt more people," said Steve Berry with Mesa police.

Mesa police say their officers followed the driver a safe distance while he was driving through town, relying on the police helicopter to keep track of him.

But as soon as he drove further south on Interstate 10, they picked an opportunity where no one would get hurt.

“There was desert and a dirt median. This was the best time to take him out, so he couldn’t try to hurt more people,” said Berry.

The suspect was the only person hurt in this case.

So far, the couple are the only ones to file a formal complaint.