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Dispatcher Persuades Driver To End Pursuit

A quick-thinking and persistent Michigan dispatcher was able to convince a motorist to pull over and surrender to police, ending an 80 mph chase with no injuries and an arrest. Luis Bonilla-Machado, 25, had been reported as suicidal by his wife, and failed to yield to an officer who spotted him running a red light. Apparently scared to stop, Bonilla-Machado dialed 911 and reached Allegan County Central Dispatch dispatcher Tammy Gane. Over the next eight minutes Ganes gave the driver specific instructions to pull over, including “Hit your brakes,” and, “Put your car in park.” Center assistant director Tammy Bruce told a reporter that Gane was, “empathetic to the situation, thinking of his safety as well as the officers responding.” Police said they found cocaine in the car and on Bonilla-Machado’s face after his arrest. Listen to the logging tape of the 911 call here.

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  • Mary F April 27, 2012, 6:02 am

    Kudos to Ms. Gane for her successful effort to persuade the fleeing motorist to safely end the his flee from police and saving innocent lives of motorists who may have been potential victims of a fatal crash with the fleeing suspect. Congratulations! Well done!

  • anon May 11, 2012, 6:18 pm

    Cops could have been less aggressive with the guy, seeing as he didn’t commit any crime and was being cooperative with the dispatcher. I understand protocol but in this case he was a low risk person who indirectly let the pursuing units know that he intended to fully cooperate as soon as it was safe to stop.