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Chase put many at risk

We at the Ennis Daily News today were working frantically to get the front page story about a police chase along I-45 before we had to go to press.
As phone calls were made and police scanners were turned up, there was a big question mark as to how the story would end.
In this day and age with the high level of technology to assist in apprehending fleeing suspects, along with the precise communication that goes on between multiple departments to make sure everyone is fully informed of the situation, it is highly difficult to actually get away from authorities using a vehicle. Once a helicopter gets involved then you can pretty much consider yourself caught by that point.
Yet, people continue to put themselves, the officers chasing them and innocent drivers and pedestrians in harm’s way as they race down highways and city streets to get away.
We don’t yet know why Jason Potter sped away from Seagoville police when they attempted to make a traffic stop this morning. People decide to flee from officers for a variety of reasons, but none of them make any sense. Whatever the reason is, it certainly isn’t worth endangering the lives of so many involved. It’s also going to mean stiffer penalties for the suspect when they are finally caught.
Luckily for everyone on the east side of Ellis County this morning, authorities were able to bring this man to justice before anyone was seriously hurt. Next time we might not all be so lucky.

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