Law enforcement strategy changes throughout chase of suspect in kidnapping, double carjacking

Troopers, police follow stringent chase protocols

LONGMONT, Colo. - Colorado law enforcement agencies, including the Colorado State Patrol, have very specific plans and policies in place in the event of a high speed chase.

Most agencies make it clear that unless there is a felony in progress -- that is, a serious crime with imminent danger -- an active high speed pursuit is not allowed because it can put other drivers in danger.

When Ryan Stone first hijacked an SUV with a child inside during Tuesday morning rush hour, police were in active pursuit down I-25 toward Denver, because the boy had been kidnapped.

But when Stone stopped and hijacked a minivan, leaving the child behind, CSP abandoned its active pursuit -- changing tactics -- and sent officers roadside to deploy what are called "stop sticks," which are metal spikes that can be strung together for several feet and tossed across the path of a vehicle to deflate its tires.

Police made several attempts to slow down Stone's vehicle using stop sticks, including one attempt in which Stone hit Trooper Bellamann Hee with the car he was driving. The trooper suffered serious leg injuries but is expected to make a full recovery.

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