A police officer can terminate a high-speed chase by forcing the suspect off the road when the pursuit threatens the lives of innocent bystanders, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday in a Georgia case.

The 8-1 decision overturned a 2005 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals opinion that allowed a case to proceed against a former Coweta County, Ga., police officer who faced a civil rights suit by a man rendered quadriplegic after a high-speed chase.