Video: State trooper uses PIT maneuver to end a highway chase

A PIT maneuver, also known as the Precision Immobilization Technique.
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Here's something you don't see caught on video very often: a Minnesota state trooper, executing a PIT maneuver.

A PIT maneuver – or, if you want the longer name, Precision Immobilization Technique – involves using the front of a vehicle to push into the rear side of a fleeing vehicle. When done correctly, it's a way to end a police pursuit by forcing the fleeing car to spin backward.

State Patrol troopers ended up using it to end this pursuit with a suspect Wednesday evening.

Watch the video here, posted by the State Patrol on Facebook.

Posted by Minnesota State Patrol on Thursday, March 23, 2017

It happened in New Brighton on Interstate 694 – which is why the exit sign there is now missing, New Brighton Public Safety notes.

According to the State Patrol, it started on Interstate 35E and Maryland Avenue, with St. Paul police chasing after the fleeing car as part of a stolen vehicle report. State Patrol dispatchers saw it on the traffic cameras, then troopers took over the pursuit once it got beyond the city limits.

Officers tried using stop sticks on Interstate 94, but the driver got around them. They tried again on I-694 – successfully this time.

And at that point, a trooper used a PIT maneuver to keep the vehicle from leaving the highway. That's what you see in the video above.

A 27-year-old Minneapolis man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle, fleeing police, and an active warrant. A passenger in the vehicle was released.

Nobody was injured, State Patrol Lt. Tiffani Nielson told GoMN.

More on the PIT maneuver

"The PIT maneuver is designed to stall out a vehicle," Nielson said. "This trooper did it very nicely."

The Intercept last year did a story about the use of the PIT maneuver in the U.S., finding Minnesota is one of more than two dozen states to train officers to use it – while many other states don't.

The Minnesota State Patrol, the story says, had recorded 225 uses of the PIT maneuver since 2008, with no deaths and just five minor injuries. Compare that to Georgia where since 1998, "at least 28 people have been killed and 296 injured in PIT-related pursuits," the story says.

Nielson also said the State Patrol vehicles have "wrap-around push-bumpers" that are designed to protect the car and keep it from getting damaged.

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