We at The Examiner spend a lot of time criticizing the Eureka Police Department and Chief Mills. Let us take this tragic event as an opportunity, on this Easter Sunday, to praise the restraint detailed in the story from LoCO:
An EPD officer saw a motorcycle heading northbound at a high rate of speed. The officer estimated the speed to be over 80 miles per hour in a 30 mph zone. Traveling in the left-hand lane, the motorcyclist passed the officer who was also traveling northbound but in the right-hand lane. The officer radioed in the observation of the high speed, but, fearing to push the motorcyclist to even higher speeds, did not attempt to stop the driver.
The officer continued on Broadway without turning on lights or sirens. He observed the driver lose control on the 1000 block of Broadway. The rider was ejected and collided with the curb. The motorcycle continued and collided with a building causing significant damage to both the building and the motorcycle. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.
This fatality is certainly a tragic outcome, but one that could have been compounded, had a full scale high speed pursuit been engaged. The potential for unintended consequences and collateral damage in these pursuits is very high.
The Examiner commends the EPD officer or officers involved for doing it the difficult, but right way.