EDMONTON - Alberta
Mounties have stopped chasing stolen cars, so an inquiry judge says new
rules aren't needed after a high-speed pursuit that ended in the deaths
of a mother and her three children.
Judge G. William Paul notes
that officers followed the rules at the time when they chased Raymond
Yellowknee on a highway near Slave Lake in January 2006.
Paul says Yellowknee had been spotted driving the stolen pickup erratically and at high speed.
of the officers began chasing him at speeds of 150 km/h but backed off
just seconds later when he saw Yellowknee's truck start to fish-tail.
truck drifted into the opposite lane and collided head-on with a car
carrying Misty Chalifoux (SHALL'-ih-foo) and her three young daughters.
Paul points out that the RCMP in Alberta no longer chase cars reported stolen because it's not deemed worth the risk to public safety.