A heavy price for every foot

Suspects in high-speed chases should pay for every last offense

We – and they – are lucky that our local poor man’s Bonnie and Clyde didn’t get someone killed. Especially a law enforcement officer.

 

The couple took officers on two separate high-speed chases in stolen vehicles – one last Thursday, when they allegedly fired on deputies, and the other on Monday before being captured with the help of a trooper’s bump, following chases that reportedly exceeded 100 mph and weaved back and forth between South Carolina and Georgia.

James Edward Brown, 30, and Ashley Leanne Trull, 30, had escaped on foot after Thursday’s misadventure. On Monday morning, they’d stolen another vehicle at gunpoint.

A witness to their capture said the woman was yelling to the man that it wasn’t worth it, and to put the gun down.

Whatever charges these two face beyond the attempted murder of law enforcement officers – vehicle theft, carjacking, attempting to elude and more – should be placed end-to-end in court. If convicted, they ought to have to serve a robust sentence for each and every driving infraction and crime, one after another.

It’s easy, particularly in a sterile courtroom, to lose sight of how serious even the most minor driving violations are, especially in a high-speed chase.

Anyone who ushers police on such a treacherous trek should pay for every inch of it.

 

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