KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Dramatic video shows new angles of a police chase along the route of last week's Super Bowl parade in Kansas City.
Two people were arrested following the chase through downtown.
Officers who stopped the allegedly impaired driver decided not to shoot at the car or bump it until it slowed down because they feared it could swerve into fans who were already gathering for the celebration, the city's police chief said Thursday.
Addae Doyle, of Kansas City, Kansas, was charged Thursday in Kansas City, Missouri, with one count each of resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, prosecutors said.
About three hours before the parade began Wednesday, Doyle, 42, drove through a 6-foot barrier at the start of the 2-mile route and reached speeds of up to 60 mph, even after the car's tires were stripped bare by driving over Stop Sticks, police Chief Rick Smith said at a news conference. Officers were able to slow down the car when it turned, force it into a spin and box it in as it reached an intersection near Union Station, where the route ended and the rally was later held.
Smith and Mayor Quinton Lucas praised members of the Kansas City and Independence police departments and the Clay County (Missouri) Sheriff's Office for their decision-making and restraint when stopping the car before anyone got injured, including Doyle and a passenger in his car.
Smith said many officers along the route were pushing people out of the way and several wanted to intervene to stop the car “but we were terrified that car would veer off the course, go through the security fence and hit pedestrians that were lining either side of the street.” He also said several officers, including snipers along the route, considered shooting the driver.
“We were very fortunate this ended when it did and how it did,” Smith said. “I can’t thank these officers enough for their decision-making, their abilities, their skill to get this ended correctly. They did a helluva job.”