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High Speed Chase Through Residential Neighborhood Concerns Miami Residents

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Neighbors speak out when a high speed chase enters their neighborhood. Some residents  in Northwest Miami, Oklahoma are still seething after police chase a suspect right through their back yards.

Police say it was unavoidable, but that they made sure to keep neighbors safe while still catching the suspect. But resident Gary Pruitt says he was shocked to come home Thursday night to blocked off streets and his teenage daughter telling stories of high speed chases right in his back yard. 

"I mean I'm glad it was blocked off it had turned worse, but still it's wrong what they were doing," Pruitt said.
 
Some neighbors say the real concern is that F Street backs up into the Miami Public Schools, and that it's usually filled with children, they say they are happy no one was hurt.

"There're kids out here, school was let out, and police cars coming at high speeds from all directions, not just an ensuing officer, I'm sure they had a tag number as close as they had got, but yeah kids could have got hurt," said Pruitt.
 
Police say the suspect evaded a routine traffic stop in North Miami, drove through a Miami neighborhood at 90 miles per hour, hit a tree, took out a mail box  then got out and ran. The North Miami Police Chief says it's important to focus on the task at hand while making sure to keep the community safe in the process -- even if that means chasing suspects through residential neighborhoods.

"It's sad that we have individuals who do that, the main thing is there is a lot of crowd who come out because everybody is worried, try to stay in your home because you don't know what the situation is," said North Miami Police Chief Kevin Sheppard.

In fact Sheppard says he lives in the neighborhood, and keeping his staff and neighbors safe was of the utmost importance. And that when dealing with individuals who have no regard for their own safety, it's important to put a stop to it as quickly as possible.
 
"If you got driving under suspension and you're doing something wrong, eventually it's going to catch up with you," Sheppard said.
 
Though in the eyes of Pruitt, he says he still wishes there was a way to catch the suspect, but keep it out of his backyard. 

The Ottawa County District Attorney's Office has charged Christopher Jacob- Arron Hamilton with driving with a suspended license, evading arrest, and possession of a controlled substance, among other charges.

 

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