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High speed pursuits are not uncommon in our area and they are dangerous for those involved and for the public. Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson said the pursuing officer has to weight the Risk versus Benefits of continuing the chase. To bring a high-speed pursuit to a quick, safe conclusion the Sheriff’s Office will be implementing some new technology. The Star-Chaser: A tracking device which can be launched onto the suspect vehicle from the patrol car. And, a mobile spike-strip which enables a patrol unit to deflate a suspects' tires while driving. Sheriff Nelson emphasizes the purpose of the new technology is to end high speed pursuits quicker.

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