Stop Stick Stats: A look at the controversial police tool - Cincinnati News, Weather, Sports from FOX19 NOW-WXIX

Stop Sticks: A look at the controversial police tool

(FOX19) -

High speed pursuits are dangerous and can sometimes result in injury or death. This was the case Tuesday when Middletown Police used stop sticks to halt a speeding vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle died, and the passenger remains in serious condition.

"You have to target the tires on a fast-moving vehicle, so they're not going to work every time you deploy them," explained Capt. Douglas Wiesman with the Cincinnati Police Department.

Over the last two years, the Cincinnati Police Department has been involved in 13 pursuits. Stop sticks were used in five of those pursuits, but only effective in three of those instances.

"We are not saying that in every single pursuit to deploy stop sticks. We want it to end and want it to end safely, but use the tool in safe situations," said Wiesman.

Warren County is home to one of the most high profile cases of a stop stick deployment gone wrong. In 2011, Sgt. Brian Dulle was killed while attempting to deploy stop sticks.

Warren County officials say so far in 2013, they have been involved in eight vehicle pursuits, and stop sticks were deployed in three of those pursuits.

In all three of those cases, the drivers crashed after hitting the stop sticks or after trying to swerve around the device. Injuries were reported in two of those cases.

Several years ago, the Cincinnati Police Department changed its policy to no longer deploy them on the interstate. They changed that policy as a result of an officer being hit.

Copyright 2013 WXIX. All rights reserved.

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • Hawaii volcano boat tours continue after lava injuries

    Hawaii volcano boat tours continue after lava injuries

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 2:41 AM EDT2018-07-17 06:41:55 GMT
    Tuesday, July 17 2018 1:41 PM EDT2018-07-17 17:41:02 GMT
    (Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources via AP). This photo provided by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources shows damage to the roof of a tour boat after an explosion sent lava flying through the roof off the Big Island of Hawa...(Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources via AP). This photo provided by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources shows damage to the roof of a tour boat after an explosion sent lava flying through the roof off the Big Island of Hawa...
    Hawaii tour boat operators plan to continue taking visitors to see lava, but will follow the Coast Guard's revised policy and stay farther away after an explosion caused molten rock to barrel through the roof of a...Full Story >
    Hawaii tour boat operators plan to continue taking visitors to see lava, but will follow the Coast Guard's revised policy and stay farther away after an explosion caused molten rock to barrel through the roof of a vessel, injuring 23 people.Full Story >
  • Trump unfazed by GOP criticism, says Putin meeting was great

    Trump unfazed by GOP criticism, says Putin meeting was great

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 12:20 AM EDT2018-07-17 04:20:06 GMT
    Tuesday, July 17 2018 1:40 PM EDT2018-07-17 17:40:22 GMT
    (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018.

    Standing alongside Putin, Trump steered clear of any confrontation with the Russian, going so far as to question American intelligence and last week's federal indictments that accused 12 Russians of hacking into Democratic email accounts to hurt Hillary Clinton in 2016.

    Full Story >

    Standing alongside Putin, Trump steered clear of any confrontation with the Russian, going so far as to question American intelligence and last week's federal indictments that accused 12 Russians of hacking into Democratic email accounts to hurt Hillary Clinton in 2016.

    Full Story >
  • Officials: In policy shift, US open to meeting with Taliban

    Officials: In policy shift, US open to meeting with Taliban

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 12:34 AM EDT2018-07-17 04:34:58 GMT
    Tuesday, July 17 2018 1:23 PM EDT2018-07-17 17:23:08 GMT
    (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini). Security personnel patrol near a park where a would-be attacker was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, July 16, 2018. A would-be suicide attacker was shot and killed by police in Kabul before he was able to get close to ...(AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini). Security personnel patrol near a park where a would-be attacker was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, July 16, 2018. A would-be suicide attacker was shot and killed by police in Kabul before he was able to get close to ...

    That marks a tactical shift by the Trump administration, which has previously only appeared willing to participate in discussions with the Taliban if those talks also involve the Afghan government. 

    Full Story >

    That marks a tactical shift by the Trump administration, which has previously only appeared willing to participate in discussions with the Taliban if those talks also involve the Afghan government. 

    Full Story >
Powered by Frankly