POSTED: Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 10:42pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:33pm
The city of La Joya has a population 3,000, yet police have the tough task of dealing with high speed pursuits constantly. This year alone La Joya police have found 4-tons of marijuana.
La Joya police say pursuits normally begin when an officer begins pulling over a vehicle for a traffic infraction. Later, they commonly find out the vehicle has illegal's or drugs. Officers are required take training for high speed pursuits and sometimes they break off a chase because of safety concerns.
La Joya police says fortunately no fatalities have occurred as a result of these pursuits, but one suspect did hit a post and severed his ear. La Joya police tells us it's against their policy to shoot at suspect during a pursuit.