Sheriff deputy setting up spike strips at Thruway exit
State Troopers are in pursuit of a vehicle eastbound on the Thruway and a deputy has been requested to the Thruway off-ramp to set up a spike strip.
The chase just passed the Route 77 overpass.
The car is reportedly registered to a Porter Avenue resident.
UPDATE 11:15 a.m.: The vehicle made it past the toll both and is now stopped on Route 98. The subject is in custody.
UPDATE 11:32 p.m.: Ambulance requested the State Police, Batavia Barracks, for minor lacerations on the suspect.
How do the police keep other drivers from running over the spike strips? Just curious.
I had the same thought last night ... I don't know.
I had this thought lastnight, and just kind of assumed that they shut down the exit for the duration of the incident. But thinking about it more, that wouldn't really work. I'm curious to know the answer now. Maybe they direct traffic around it until the suspect vehicle gets close..
There was some chatter last night about getting other cars out of the way and making sure the suspect went down the lane with the strips ... but hard to get that kind of detail off the scanner. I'll ask somebody next time I get a chance.
I think there's a real skill to it. They know the car they are looking for and they throw them down right before they pass by.
Thanks everybody. Beth - I figure you have the right idea. Rerouting traffic or closing the exit lane would tip the guy off for sure.
I've seen it on Cops!
I deployed spikes strips before while station at McDill AFB, Tampa, Florida. They roll out and a rope is attached. The rope is used to pull the strips into place while other cars run over the rope, then the officer pulls the strips into the path of the offender.
Thanks John. "The more you know..."