While the phrase “pit manuever” makes it sound like something from either racing or barbecue, it’s actually an acronym, traditionally standing for “Precision Immobilization Technique” or “Pursuit Intervention Technique”.
The PIT maneuver has been used by US police departments since about 1985, although the maneuver has been in existence since the early 70’s in Europe. It doesn’t “send the pursued vehicle into a spin” exactly- or at least, that is an overstatement.
Properly executed, the PIT maneuver is surprisingly non-violent, and results in little if any damage to the vehicles in most cases and very rarely results in injury to drivers or occupants. But in the video below you can see cop’s attempt to stop stolen truck during chase goes horribly wrong.
Police say the 2005 black Dodge Ram was stolen out of Independence. Kansas City, MO, police began following the suspect from the air. Then Kansas Highway Patrol took over from the ground. A police pursuit ended after a stolen truck crashed and flipped on the 18th Street Expressway.Police said a woman was driving the vehicle. Remarkably, she suffered only minor injuries in the accident, even though she was not wearing a seat belt.