High-speed chases: Officers explain pursuit policies and procedures

LAUDERDALE CO., Miss. (WTOK) - Cory Boutin's decision to allegedly run from police and put the lives of innocent drivers at risk has earned him a felony fleeing and eluding charge.

“He’s currently being held in a Lauderdale County Detention Facility on a $5000 bond on a felony fleeing charge. The traffic charges will be presented to him and will be handled through Justice Court,” Sheriff Billy Sollie said.

After reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour, officers with both the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department and the Meridian Police Department were able to deploy spike strips and "PIT" the Mercedes Boutin was driving before the situation turned ugly.

Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie says several factors are considered before his deputies pursue a suspect.

"There are situations that the officer has to make decisions whether to terminate the pursuit or not. If you are in a congested area, a residential area, a school zone. Those factors weigh in on whether or not if the pursuit should continue," Sheriff Sollie said.

The Sheriff said once deputies determined Boutin showed a disregard to his safety and other drivers - it became a top priority to quickly stop him. Meridian Police Chief Bennie Dubose says the department follows similar procedures.

"It's required of the officer that he continuously announces his speed, traffic conditions and so forth while he's in the pursuit and the shift commander makes the determination as whether that pursuit should continue or not," Chief DuBose said.

But the chief says each situation is different.

“For example, if we attempted to stop a vehicle for an expired tag, we would most likely not engage in a pursuit,” Chief Dubose said. “However, if it was a homicide where an individual was fleeing from the scene of an armed robbery or homicide, then we would most likely engage with that individual depending on traffic conditions.”

Authorities still haven't told us "why" Boutin refused the stop. Three of Boutin's passengers in the Mercedes were detained and questioned but later released.