On Sunday September 1, 2013, there was an Operating While Under the Influence (OWI) Task Force working the City of Plymouth and Surrounding Townships. The task force was made up of officers from the Plymouth Police Department, Sheboygan Police Department and Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office. At approximately 2349 hours a Plymouth Police Officer was attempting to stop a vehicle for speeding and severe lane deviation on State Road 57 and County Road U, in the Town of Lyndon. The suspect vehicle would turn onto County Road U and travel eastbound, failing to stop for the squad car following with his emergency lights and siren in activation. The suspect continued to refuse to pull over and stop for the Plymouth Police Officer.
A Sheboygan Police Officer who was assisting in the attempted traffic stop and trained in the Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) maneuver, successfully competed the maneuver and forced the suspect to stop. This maneuver was performed at the direction of the Sheriff’s Office. Ultimately the operator (39 Year Old Male from the Town of Lima) was arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle while Under the Influence of Alcohol – 1st Offense, Operating With a Suspended Driver’s License, and Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle. No one was hurt in this incident and there was very minimal damage (scuff marks and cracked turn signal) to the squad car and/or suspect vehicle.
The PIT maneuver is a trained tactic that involves a controlled contact between the squad car and the suspect vehicle at low speeds. The use of the tactic is intended to casue the operator of a pursued vehicle to lose control and the vehicle to become disabled, thus ending the pursuit.