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Gahanna Police Reviewing 'Pit Maneuver' Used During Chase
GAHANNA (Ken Hines) -- Police administrators are reviewing dashcam video of a dangerous maneuver used by an officer to stop a car during a chase.
The officer used his cruiser to perform a pit maneuver (striking the side of a vehicle to spin it out) on Thursday while chasing a man suspected of exposing himself to a Dairy Queen drive-thru worker.
The suspect, Donald Ball, fled the drive-thru in his vehicle after hearing police sirens, and drove through a road block while fleeing officers, striking a cruiser in the process, according to investigators.
"He did not stop. He had no visual indication that he had any awareness of our presence," Gahanna Police Lt. Dan Williams said.
A pursuing officer decided to attempt to end the chase with a pit maneuver, striking the side of Ball's Jeep, forcing it to spin out. No one was hurt as a result of the chase.
Williams believes the officer's decision to use the maneuver was appropriate.
"It can be done very safely," he said. "You have to look at the road conditions, what is on the side of the roadway, oncoming traffic."
Arresting officers found Ball inside his car with his pants around his knees, according to investigators. The suspect allegedly admitted to smoking crack-cocaine before the incident.
Ball is facing several charges, including public indecency and failure to comply. His bail amount has been set at $5000.