NBC 15’s is investigating where police draw the line between catching a dangerous suspect and putting the entire community in danger.
Prichard police say the man who led officers on a chase into the LosRancheros restaurant Tuesday was a person of interest in a deadly shooting .
They say 20-year-old Ledarrius McMillian led them on a high speed chase from Prichard to Mobile.
“The policeman comes right behind him and he’s got a big gun drawn like this and they run right past me the gun goes right past me,” Los Rancheros Server Chris Imholte said, adding “I just didn’t know what was going on and I started running and everybody was just complete chaos.”
Before the foot chase, there was the car chase that ended with McMillian crashing his car into two others on the service road off of Airport Boulevard.
“Stop this chasing in the community, it’s dangerous to be chasing in the community,” Virginia Lockhart said.
This recent scare hits home for Lockhart and other family members of 20-year-old Anteesha Banks. Banks was killed in a crash allegedly caused by a high-speed police chase eerily similar from Prichard to Mobile.
“She was going on up the street and he was running from the law and he crashed head on into her, sent her car spinning out of control,” Banks’ sister Erica Taite said.
Today Banks family sits in court awaiting justice
“Not only is that driver endangering other lives, you trying to keep him from endangering other lives but at the same time you are playing a part in it so there should be a better protocol to that.”
We asked Prichard Police where they draw the line between catching criminals or keeping the greater community safe.
An investigator says there has to be a felony minimum for a chase to continue.
To call one off, there’s a number of reasons including but not limited to school zones, weather conditions, and if the officer feels the situations putting the community in too much risk.
But with felons they say it’s often more dangerous to leave them on the streets.
McMillian sits behind bars Wednesday night.
As for the Banks family, they await a verdict, which is expected Thursday.