Suspect chased from GT to EE

| 04/05/2014

(CNS): Police were involved in a high speed chase across Grand Cayman early Sunday morning when a suspect at the scene of a disturbance in George Town sped off after the police turned up. The high speed chase began at the Compass Centre, Shedden Road, just after midnight last night and ended in Mica Drive, East End, when the 38-year-old driver was arrested. The driver was said to have reached speeds in excess of 90 mph as he was chased by the police helicopter while police patrol vehicles on the ground stayed a safe distance, an RCIPS spokesperson said. Police have not said what the man was suspected of or what had happened to bring officers to the scene in George Town.

The RCIPS said that officers had “responded to a disturbance” off Shedden Road and on their arrival a man quickly left the scene in a Toyota vehicle and refused to stop for the police officers. The vehicle left George Town heading towards Bodden Town at high speed. The Air Support Unit was then deployed and followed the car along Shamrock Road, allowing cops on the ground to drop back.

Despite having the cop chopper on his tail, the man continued to East End at speeds of 90 miles per hour, and switched the car lights off on John McLean Drive. But the helicopter crew continued to track the Toyota and directed the ground units to the car’s location. The driver sped off again in an attempt to avoid the ground patrols but the pursuit stopped in Mica Drive, which is a dead end. The driver was arrested by the Uniform and Operational Support Groups on the ground.

Air Operations Unit commander, Steve Fitzgerald, said, “This is another example of the strategic deployment of the police helicopter making incidents safer for our colleagues on the ground and also the public, whilst also ensuring offenders are ultimately arrested, regardless of the actions they may take to avoid detection.”

The detained man was taken back to George Town Police Station, where he remains as the investigation continues. Anyone who may have information on this or any other crime is asked to contact any of the police stations the RCIPS hotline at 949-7777 or Crimestoppers at 800 (TIPS) 8477.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    This is another example of the Heli making it  safer for my colleagues and the  public !

     Who exactly was  safer  if the suspect went from the Capital to East End @ 90mph +   ?


     How about some spike strips next time the chase could of ended in Red Bay.


    • Jah Dread says:

      So we are who that we can't be told the origin of the chase. Come on CNS get the full story will ya.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Another success story for the RCIPS helicopter. Great job. 

  3. Anonymous says:

    A waste of money, but a lot of sensation.

    Next time just write down the plate and visit the guy the next morning.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yea! write down his license plate, catch him later, he will tell the police that the car was stolen. The prosecutor and the judge will set him free. Is that what we really want?

    • Anonymous says:

      On the contrary I reckon this was money very well spent. It might serve to dissuade others from fleeing from the police in the future. And since when has apprehending a wrongdoer ever been mere " sensationalism"? Your comment in that regard would more accurately have been attached to the Caymanian Compass's recent editorials I'd have thought.

    • Anonymous says:

      And the reason forhim not stopping will never be known when you finally knock on his door.  We need positive action, not we'll deal with it tomorrow attitude

  4. Anonymous says:

    I hope this was really worth the deployment of a helicopter that led the individual to drive at high speed with his lights off thus endangering other road users…. Very expensive and very dangerous

    • Castor says:

      Agreed, it may have made things safer for the police, but what if someone was coming toward this person speeding excessively?What would happen if the speeder ran upbeind someone? It was midnight, not late fo people to be out on a week end. It could have been a disaster.

    • Anonymous says:

      22:31.The article does not say that the driver was driving at high speed with lights off.He turned off his lights on John McLean Dr.,and I doubt that he was travelling at 90mph  on this road.

    • Anonymous says:

                    22:31.You say" the deployment of a helicopter that led the individual to drive at high speed with his lights off thus endangering other road users." You seem to be confused,so let me clarify. The driver took off at a high speed ,which led to the deployment of the helicopter.

  5. Anonymous says:

    It was not safe , not driving at 90 miles per hour. Thank God there vwas not an accident. Was it something serious like the shots that was fired off?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Good to read a success story involving coordinated air and ground support.  This was the whole reason for purchasing the expensive chopper.  Hopefully this real-world exercise becomes the norm, rather than the exception so that we can begin to justify this significant cost to the policing budget – which as a consequence, foresakesa functional traffic and other departments.