N.Y. police chief defends border chase cops
A New York police chief defended his officers Friday after Canadian officials criticized a high-speed chase through an Ontario border crossing.
Niagara Falls Chief John Chella said he fully supported the officers' actions, which he said were justified.
"I am fully convinced that this situation warranted such circumstances," said Chella.
- FROM FEB. 20, 2004 Woman killed in cross-border car chase
Late Wednesday night, a man from New York state drove a pickup truck through a tollgate on the American side of the Rainbow Bridge.
A U.S. police cruiser followed the truck into Canada, where the driver smashed into parked cars, killing a 40-year-old woman. A man was arrested and faces multiple charges, including impaired driving causing death.
Monte Kwinter, Ontario's Community Safety minister, called the incident "totally inexcusable," saying U.S. officers didn't follow protocol.
"There was supposed to be a protocol when they try and get into Canada to let border officials know. They didn't do that," said Kwinter.
Ron Moran, with Canada Customs, agreed with Kwinter.
"They are supposed to radio in ahead or call in that they have a chase that they believe will cross the border so that the other side can prepare itself," said Moran.
A joint investigation will be held by Niagara Falls New York Police, Niagara Police and Canada Customs.