Arkansas State Police Officer Jackson Shumate just showed how quickly an officer can engage and end a pursuit. He went from finishing up one stop to ending a chase with a Honda Civic in just over five minutes. The precision PIT maneuver he used just happened to be at 126 mph (202 km/h).
If there’s one thing the Arkansas State Police are known for it’s their willingness to pit suspects at high speeds. Despite what might be common knowledge here or in other places, it seems to escape many who run from the ASP. Sometimes, they actually manage to escape but oftentimes they need a lot of horsepower.
The Honda Civic in this story was lacking quite a bit of that, it appears. Officer Shumate was concluding a stop of a tractor-trailer when North Little Rock Police officers flew by chasing the Civic. That’s when Shumate left the scene of his initial stop and joined the pursuit.
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The chase first led the officers westbound on I-40 before the suspect exited the highway and turned south. A few blocks over, he jumped back on the highway this time going eastbound on I-40. As the officers all entered the highway, Shumate had finally caught up and communicated that to the NLRPD.
The chase continued onto Highway 67/167 going north toward Sherwood and Jacksonville. Thankfully, as all of this was going on at 4:40 a.m., traffic was light. Those clear roads allowed Shumate to reach speeds of 146 mph (234 km/h) as he worked to catch up to the Honda.
As the Honda and Shumate pass one single third-party car in the right lane the officer speeds up and bumps the Honda in the rear driver’s side quarter panel. The Civic veers hard left, smacks the barrier, and then drifts back to the right, off of the highway and into a concrete pillar.
There are no details about the suspect in the video description but he’s heard talking in the clip as police handcuff him. It appears as though a minor was in the passenger seat as the video blurs out their appearance.
Using the PIT maneuver at such high speeds endangers the lift of all those in both vehicles involved along with anyone else nearby. Nevertheless, it’s clearly proven successful in ending chases many times while less aggressive methods have their own faults.