Police chase rules under scrutiny after fatal Bohemia crash

BOHEMIA - Questions are being raised tonight after a pursuit involving Suffolk sheriff's deputies resulted in a fatal crash in Bohemia yesterday.

Police say Cordell Tucker and Rashawn Smith, both of Brooklyn, and Essence Smith, of Troy, stole $4,000 worth of jeans from the True Religion jeans store in the Tanger Outlet Mall.

Sheriff's deputies pulled the suspects' car over on the Long Island Expressway in Medford, but the car sped away.

The deputies gave chase down Route 112 to Sunrise Highway, where they say the suspects ran a red light at Lincoln Avenue in Bohemia and slammed into the car of a couple from Holbrook. Gail Sacher died in the collision, while her husband, Alan, was sent to the hospital.

The sheriff's office says its deputies followed all department chase rules by limiting their speed and calling in a supervisor who monitored the pursuit via radio.

Some motorists, however, say police can often be excessive when pursuing someone.

The three suspects have been charged with criminal possession of stolen property, but authorities say they expect to file more charges against them soon.

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