September 22, 2009
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The mayor of a small South Carolina town says she banned her police officers from chasing suspects on foot after an officer was hurt running after a man.
Wellford Mayor Sallie Peake said Monday she issued the order in August after the city had to pay for an officer who missed work after chasing a "guy who had a piece of crack on him." She said a drug possession charge was not worth the cost to taxpayers. But her written order said she did "not want anyone chasing any suspects whatsoever."
The decision came after two town-issued cars were totaled within a month, although her order applies only to foot chases.
When a local TV reporter asked about the policy, Peake would not answer and clapped her hands in mock praise that the reporter had found a story.