Minneapolis police explain high-speed chase procedure

Officials with the Minneapolis Police Department said they stopped a car chase this weekend, because it would have been too dangerous to continue.

The incident ended with the suspect crashing into a vehicle, killing a woman and injuring two children.

Police Sgt. William Palmer said officers stopped a 15-year-old boy for a traffic violation. When the officers discovered that the boy was driving a stolen car, they chased him.

"At some point they told the supervisor, this is how fast we're going, this is where we are, and the supervisor said we're going to terminate that chase," Sgt. Palmer said.

Palmer said the suspect was driving too fast for officers to continue following him, and he was driving in a busy area.

He said officers consider several factors when deciding whether to continue a chase, such as the driver's speed, traffic and road conditions, and the seriousness of the violation.

The suspect is in custody, and the incident remains under investigation.

Hanna Abukar, 26, of Minneapolis was pronounced dead at the scene.

A spokesman for the family says Abukar was driving her son and a neighbor boy to Sunday school at a mosque.

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