We can see how one intense police chase spanning two counties in Kentucky has an unexpected overturn of events through footage.
The police chief hugged the driver.
Everything started with a woman called Latrece Curry. The pursuit began when she was shaken following a domestic dispute accompanied by her husband; they left their home before the police arrived.
When the deputy found her, she started a hot chase on Wednesday. The hunt included numerous police cars. According to Chief James Richardson, the pursuit stopped when Letrece Curry pulled over in parking so that she could avoid a roadblock in Hodgenville.
The policemen approached her with guns pointed at her, yelling at her to leave the vehicle. The officers’ bodycams recorded everything.
Richardson was the first man to approach her with his gun, but the mood suddenly changed. The officer said:
“I got to the driver’s side door and told her to unlock the door, she had her hands up, she was shaking like a leaf. I mean the poor girl, when I opened the door, it was like a look of sheer terror. She was scared to death,”
From the bodycam footage, we can see that Richardson approaches her and says that she’s okay and calm down.
“Of course we had guns, guns pointed at her, so I just tried to calm her down. She was shaking so bad she couldn’t get her seatbelt off, so I helped her get her seatbelt off,” – the officer explained.
“I didn’t perceive her as a threat, she didn’t have any weapons. I took control of her hands; she started crying. She reached out and hugged me, and I just kind of hugged her back,”
Department shared that Curry was into custody and accused of fleeing police, endangerment, and traffic violations.
Regarding the arrest, below, you can read what Curry told Richardson.
‘’Her statement to me was she was just in the zone, she didn’t know what she was doing, and she was extremely sorry. She had no criminal record to speak of, had never been in trouble that I know of. She just made a really bad choice,”
Richardson said that in lid 23-year-lasting police career, he has never felt like this, and he has never hugged a suspect.
‘’Compassion is a good thing to have, especially in policing. With everything going on in the world today, everybody makes mistakes,”