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Review: Findlay police followed protocol in high-speed chase

An internal review found Findlay police officers followed department protocol during a chase last week that ended in a crash that caused a woman’s death.
Crystal K. Moore, 48, of Findlay, died when her car crashed into a house on Hancock County 220 following a police pursuit that began in Crawford County and resumed in Findlay early last Wednesday.
Police pursued Moore after an officer attempted to stop her car in the 2800 block of South Main Street. Moore fled, leading police on a high-speed chase through Findlay.
The pursuit continued north on North Main Street/Hancock County 220 into Allen Township, where Moore’s vehicle crossed the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks in Mortimer, north of Hancock County 216. At that point the driver lost control, went off the road, crashed into a mailbox and hit a house at 3810 County Road 220.
Findlay Police Lt. Ryan Doe said the department has a chase protocol that officers have to follow, which includes an internal review to be completed within a week.
The policy requires that officers evaluate circumstances surrounding a pursuit, including roadway conditions, traffic, proximity to schools, condition of the patrol car, how much gas the car has, visibility, time of day and potential hazards.
Officers must use their overhead lights and siren in a marked police car. Two officers are allowed to be involved in two separate police cars, with a supervisor joining in a third car.
Doe said the department’s review found that the pursuit fell within the guidelines of the policy and was conducted in a safe manner.
“The crash itself was beyond the officers’ control,” he said.

Courier reporter Eileen McClory will have more on Wednesday.



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