The art of capturing a chase and crash

Mostly luck.

Crossing paths with news at the right place and time is a gift that brings home a good spot news photo, but you can expand the circle of the right place and time by listening to the police scanner and thinking.

Crash at East Market and Sherman Streets in York Monday December 30, 2013. Witnesses said the man had been driving the Buick at right and police were persuing.    Paul Kuehnel - Daily Record/Sunday News

Crash after chase at East Market and Sherman Streets in York Monday December 30, 2013. Paul Kuehnel – Daily Record/Sunday News

Edward Robert Ortiz is stopped by York City Police about 1:30 p.m. at Pine and East Market Streets in York.

I am travelling north west though the city from Interstate 83 after covering a funeral for firefighter Cory Haley in Winterstown, on my way to get lunch in the 900 block of East Market Street at the Viet Thai Market Street Cafe. I hear on the police scanner that a green Buick has fled a traffic stop, followed by police.

Listening to the police scanner, I hear that the Buick runs a red light at Broad St. and was reaching speeds over double the posted speed limit. I head perpendicular to Market Street toward the intersection of Sherman and East Market Streets (in the 700 block of East Market St.) knowing that this is the most awkward and congested intersection that he would navigate before leaving the city at a high rate of speed.

He is about six blocks away.

Crossing East King Street, about a block away from the intersection of East Market and Sherman, I hear on the scanner an officer warning that Ortiz was approaching the intersection of Sherman and Market and I slow down drastically knowing that we will cross at the same time.

The vehicle behind me is annoyed that I have slowed down, trying to pass me on the left. I look in my rear view mirror thinking – buddy slow down, hear the siren?

It crosses my mind how our destiny is altered moment by moment by everyone around us. I think of this often when covering spot news, how much each of us impacts each other, yet we live in an ever consolidating, anonymous world where nothing seems to take responsibility for anything.

Beyond several cars ahead of me, I see some pieces fly as the Buick collides with another vehicle and comes to rest. I pull off Sherman Street and shoot the photo above as York City Police take Ortiz into custody.

Full story: Police arrest man after chase, crash in York

One Response to The art of capturing a chase and crash

  1. Breonna says:

    Freeee the smut !!!! Yal can’t hold him forever.

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