A lot of guys become cops because they are thrill seekers - the odds are even that this guy liked the idea of driving that fast, and didn't want to be "left out" of the chase. Trained or not, going that fast on a local road is a very dangerous thing to do - not only to himself but anyone else out on the road. What if he had lost control and hit another car and killed a family? Would he be charged with murder? Or would the suspect have to face that charge as well?
And charges aside, common sense should dictate that going that fast to join an already managed persuit is not that great an idea, unless there was say, a kidnap victim or something similar involved where a citizen faced an immediate threat to their life. And in that case, the officer was taking a calculated risk in driving that fast, which is not the direct responsibility of the persued - who, according to the Constitution, is innocent until proven guilty.
If this case makes it anywhere I would be surprised but what do I know.
Edited by cookinwithgas, 11 March 2009 - 12:31 PM.