LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- “You’re looking at a four thousand pound missile,” Chief Wayne Kessinger of the Harrison Co. Sheriff's Office said.
Kessinger knows from experience the extreme stress the officer right behind a suspect in a high-speed chase feels.
The officer must pay close attention to their distance from the car, look at safety concerns, speed and keep in contact with other officers, according to Kessinger.
“Some people, their adrenaline is so high their radio communications break down.”
Kessinger said at times, the officer may only have one hand on the wheel.
“Most of the time, they’re keying the mic up so you’re doing a lot of one-handed driving,” he said.
In the video above, you can watch police try to stop the driver several times before striking the car. Kessinger said officers’ handling of the chase was “textbook."