GSP troopers train pit maneuvers on simulator

GSP troopers train pit maneuvers on simulator

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - " I got to match his speed. I got to touch him. And then turn." Georgia State Patrol troopers show how they train to stop a chase with a pit maneuver.

Troopers use a realistic computer simulator to train on dangerous road maneuvers.

Tuesday afternoon a trooper was called away from that very training to do the real thing and stop that wild chase in the middle of Albany.

Georgia State Patrol Trooper First Class Jack Stripling used a perfect pit maneuver to stop an armed robbery suspect who led law enforcement on a three county high speed chase.

Georgia State Patrol Sr. Trooper Biran Cuendet said "If I don't get high enough on him, you will slip off."

Troopers train at least once a year on this computer driving simulator, to prepare for pit maneuvers and other driving techniques.   The simulator is in this hauler, and travels to the troopers.

Georgia State Patrol Sr. Trooper Barry Riggs said "We can bring this to them, around the state, and put them in these simulated scenarios.   Pretty much emulates the same type things."

In fact Stripling left this training to stop William Owens  who had been clocked driving 130 miles per hour in a stolen truck during a long chase.  Stripling made his first try before the chase reached the school zone at Magnolia and Gillionville.

Stripling said "I didn't want any kids or anybody getting hurt.  So I tried to end it there.  He was able to counter steer it, and came out of it."

Stripling's second attempt on North Slappey also failed. Then at Palmyra Road he said he had room. "I was glad to get that guy off the road. And everybody that was traveling the roads in Albany was safe at that point."

All troopers are state certified on the pit maneuver, and that's why he took the lead in Tuesday's chase.

Trooper Stripling says other law enforcement officers who blocked off intersections saved lives.

22-year old William Owens remains in the Dougherty County Jail  on multiple charges.

New information on the man accused of leading dozens of officers on the wild three-county chase Tuesday afternoon.

Dougherty County Police say 22-year old William Owens asked for his mother soon after the chase ended on North Slappey Boulevard.

Drug agents say during the 50 mile chase they felt the driver might have "a death wish."

We now know Owens' girlfriend kicked him out of her car on Philema Road during an argument.

Police say he then used a realistic looking BB gun to rob Jerry Peterman outside his home, stealing his truck, wallet and cell phone.

Police say Owens threw the wallet out on the Oakridge Bridge and the gun out on North Slappey.

Police recovered both.

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