MASHPEE — The high-speed chase that led to a crash in which three people were killed should have been called off. That's the finding of Mashpee Police Chief Scott Carline.

The crash that resulted from the chase killed the father of a newborn, and two others, including a New Bedford woman.

On July 28, Mashpee Police began the pursuit of a car driven by Mickey Rivera, 22, of Fall River. During the chase, Rivera's car reportedly reached speeds of 100 mph.

Rivera crashed head-on into a sport utility vehicle on Route 28 in Cotuit. The driver of that SUV was Kevin Quinn, who was on his way home after visiting his wife and newborn daughter at Cape Cod Hospital. Both Quinn and Rivera were killed.

A passenger in Rivera's car, Jocelyn Goyette, 24, of New Bedford was seriously injured in the crash, and died a few days later in a Boston Hospital.

After that crash, Mashpee Chief Carline began an investigation of the chase. According to a report in the Cape Cod Times, the internal probe included interviews with witnesses and police officers. Radio transmissions were reviewed as well as the accident reconstruction reports.

Following the investigation, Chief Carline concluded that the chase should have been called off.