Special Report

States With the Deadliest Police Chases


To identify the states with the deadliest police chases, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the number of deaths in police pursuit-related crashes per 100,000 state residents in each state from “Police Vehicle Pursuits, 2012-2013,” a report released May 9 by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, a division of the U.S. Department of Justice. For state data, the report used pursuit-related fatalities from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Fatality Analysis Reporting System, 1996–2015. Characteristics of police agencies are based on the Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) survey, conducted 2012-2013.

Fatalities among police vehicle occupants, chased vehicle occupants, occupants of other vehicles, and non occupants in each state also came data published in the DOJ’s report. We combined deaths of occupants of other vehicles and of non occupants to determine the number of bystander fatalities.

The number of violent crimes per 100,000 people in each state came from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s 2015 Uniform Crime Report.