Florence Police Chase Video Goes Viral

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - A five-minute video posted by the Florence Police Department has gone viral.

The police chief says people have watched it across the country.

So far, more than three million people have watched the motorcycle officer pursuit of a suspect in a car.

As speeds increase, so does the danger.  It's all caught on officer Troy Gurley's helmet cam, giving viewers a point of view unlike any other.

“The original purpose of posting this video is just to inform the area public about how well the officers are conducting themselves and this is just a great example of that,” said Florence Police Chief Ron Tyler.  “The fact that it took off and went viral is very surprising and kinda mind boggling when you think about how quickly it happened.”

The chief says 24-year-old Jason Sanders takes off during a routine traffic stop before eventually crashing his car.   Sanders then leads officers on a foot chase.

“In most pursuits you would no longer be able to see what was going on because it would not be the view of the patrol car so you get to see the entirety of vehicle pursuit but the foot pursuit as well,” said Tyler as he watches the video again.

With millions of hits, Chief Tyler says he's received dozens of e-mails, calls, and comments from across the country as far away as a police department in Anaheim, California.

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