On a recent evening in the small town of Flaherty a group of teenage friends decided to head out for ice cream. It would turn out to be the last thing that they all did together. Two of the teens were killed in a crash resulting from a high speed police chase. The Kentucky sheriff involved in the accident is being charged with two counts of murder.
A Meade County sheriff radioed that he was in pursuit of a pickup truck he had approached because he believed the driver was up to something. The truck sped away as the officer approached resulting in the high speed chase that exceeded speeds of 100 mph. According to department policy, high speed chases are justified "for a violent felony offense, or use of force likely to cause death or serious physical injury, or threatened use of such force." Dispatch records of this incident only mention that the officer was in pursuit because the driver failed to stop or was involved in a suspicious activity. Neither of these are reasons cited for conducting a high speed chase.