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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Two vehicles fail to yield, create dangerous situation during police chase

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents that if they should come upon a police chase in progress, they should move over and yield as they would under any other circumstances involving law enforcement.

During a recent chase wherein a stolen vehicle was driven across multiple busy highways, Marion County Sheriff’s deputies were confronted with a dangerous situation. In video of the chase, two vehicles can be seen proceeding past a law enforcement vehicle that had its lights illuminated.

A motorcyle does not yield the road to MCSO deputies in pursuit of a stolen vehicle
A motorcyle does not yield the road to MCSO deputies in pursuit of a stolen vehicle

A white truck does not yield the road to MCSO deputies in pursuit of a stolen vehicle
A white truck does not yield the road to MCSO deputies in pursuit of a stolen vehicle

The officer was in pursuit of 18-year-old Tanya Denson, who was eluding police after a failed carjacking attempt. Denson slowed and sped up her vehicle multiple times during the chase, placing multiple vehicles, bystanders and officers at risk.

At one point, the chase video pauses and officers issue a warning that read “Please don’t do this. Give us the room we need.”

Vehicles did not yield the road to MCSO deputies in pursuit of a stolen vehicle
Vehicles did not yield the road to MCSO deputies in pursuit of a stolen vehicle

The video is a reminder of the dangers that law enforcement officers face every day, including from aggressive or distracted motorists.