State Law Considered Seven Years Ago to Ban Most Police Chases

Representative Charlie Hoffman filed a bill in 2001 that aimed to prevent high speed chases except in cases of officers pursuing a violent offender.

The bill was withdrawn by Hoffman because police wanted to study it further, but it never resurfaced.

Hoffman says now would be a good time to re-address the issue.


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  • by c Location: fkt on Jan 14, 2008 at 04:55 AM
    Hoffman is a joke! Sounds like he's all for the criminals and to he** with the victims! He's not my respresentative and good thing because HE WOULD BE GONE. I would help another candidate get his job! Furthermore, sounds like he just wants some attention and the media is stupid enough to give it to him! Law enforcement officers have a tough enough job without stupid politicans making their job harder by refusing to let them chase criminals. After all, it's their job to chase criminals and get them off the streets! But again it's stupid politicans, lawyers, and judges who let the criminals go free! We have become a country of criminals..come to America because they HAVE NO JUSTICE! They DO have a bunch of spinless judges and lawyers who let the criminals run free! Hoffman is a good example of the idiots in office running this country into the ground or better yet giving this country to the criminals!
  • by Slick on Jan 13, 2008 at 04:18 PM
    Hey if you got the tag #no.,why chase.Its stupid,and dangerous.
  • by jason on Jan 13, 2008 at 12:46 PM
    i don't think high speed should be banned completley but i think law enforcement shhould have guide lines i think 5 or 6 chasing someone for 37 dollars in gas is awful they put themselves in danger not to mention all the other people thats on the road. these young people were headed in the wrong direction but what if they would have been reported and i know they got their plate on camera at the station and what if they had gotten to knoxville or somewhere else they would have ran out of gas and the police would caught up with them we would't be going to a funeral and maybe just maybe these young men could hve been rehabilatated just a throught
  • by lee Location: hazard on Jan 13, 2008 at 07:37 AM
    well if they pass this all i have to do is commit a crime and drive off with no worries of being chased .....stupid stupid ...who ever thought of this has either being chased or is planning on doing something to be chased for he wants it in effect before he gets out of office
  • by Numan Location: Lexington... formerly Zaire on Jan 13, 2008 at 07:30 AM
    What about the innocent citizens that are put in danger during a high speed chase? High speeds on curvy roads commonly results in DEATH!
  • by Bill Location: Southeaster Ky on Jan 12, 2008 at 09:43 PM
    To cm in danville, this cop that was killed did not use good judgement in your opinion. You should read the report better. He wasn't chasing the suspect. He was setting off the road watching for the chase to pass him. They ran directly at him and hit him broad side. They didn't lose control of their car and slide into him. They took aim at him with intent on killing him. Don't blame the officer who died or the troopers involved in the chase. And just remember,if they were willing to kill a deputy,what makes you think they wouldn't have killed the store clerk if they wouldn't have turned on the pumps. The teens are at fault here,not the law. What if this deputy was your son,father,brother,or husband. Would you want to read all these comments that are basically saying he died by his own mistake. I say he died a HERO.
  • by Jason Location: Richmond Ky on Jan 12, 2008 at 10:09 AM
    PLEASE CONTACT Mr.Charlie Hoffman's Office.And Your Local Representative And let Them know what a bad idea this is!!!! Representative Charlie Hoffman (D) Majority Caucus Chair House District 62 Fayette (part) Scott Phone Number(s) Home: (edited) Annex: (edited) Work: (502) 863-4807 Capitol: (502) 564-2217 Email Address(es) Annex: Charlie.Hoffman@lrc.ky.gov
  • by Jason Location: Richmond Ky on Jan 12, 2008 at 10:07 AM
    PLEASE CONTACT Mr.Charlie Hoffman's Office. And Your Local Representative And let Them know what a bad idea this is!!!! Representative Charlie Hoffman (D) Majority Caucus Chair House District 62 Fayette (part) Scott Phone Number(s) (edited) Work: (502) 863-4807 Capitol: (502) 564-2217 Email Address(es) Annex: Charlie.Hoffman@lrc.ky.gov Representative Harry Moberly (D) House District 81 Madison (part) Phone Number(s) (edited) Work: (859) 622-1501 Email Address(es) Annex: Harry.Moberly@lrc.ky.gov Representative Lonnie Napier (R) House District 36 Garrard Madison (part) Phone Number(s) (edited) Work: (859) 792-2535 Email Address(es) Annex: Lonnie.Napier@lrc.ky.gov Representative Don Pasley (D) House District 73 Clark Madison (part) Phone Number(s) (edited) Email Address(es) Annex: click here Senator Ed Worley (D) Minority Floor Leader Senate District 34 Lincoln Madison Rockcastle Phone Number(s)(edited)Capitol: (502) 564-2470 Email Address(es) Annex: click here
  • by LS Location: KY on Jan 12, 2008 at 09:14 AM
    I think that in some cases the law know where to find the criminals and should just go to their homes later. However, some times a police chase is necessary. A policeman should use good judgement on this. I can't say that I can blame the policeman in this case. The boys should have pulled over. By not pulling over, they had something more to hide than not paying for gas.
  • by Jeff Location: Knox County on Jan 12, 2008 at 08:12 AM
    Charlie Hoffman, you must really be after some political spotlight time to step up at a time like this and try to cast a darker cloud over the Law Enforcement Community. Why don’t you just do what you were voted into do, be a Law Maker. Sounds to me you are trying to hand out the “get out of jail free card”, before the crimes are committed by letting all the thugs know they can safely flee the scene and we can’t chase. Charlie Hoffman, it’s people like you that make me go after these thugs even harder, you are a true “HUG-A-THUG POLITICIAN.” I wonder if you might be one of these drunk drivers and think that your bill might also give you the upper hand in getting away? You do appear to have somewhat of a beer belly on you.. Also, I thought you might want to know that the Law Enforcement Family is a large one in Kentucky, your ignorance has been spoken, enjoy your last term in office, cause come election day, you are gone.

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