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Lawmakers Troubled By Police Chase Data

NESQUEHONING — Some state lawmakers found statistics we showed on Newswatch 16 regarding police chases in Pennsylvania alarming.

State police continue to investigate a deadly wreck earlier this week in Nesquehoning involving a police officer who lost control of his cruiser with lights and sirens on.

Troopers won’t say if it was a chase.

We found numbers showing Pennsylvania saw around 1,500 police pursuits.

More than 500 of them ended in crashes.

In 14 of them people were killed, mostly the person being pursued.

“As you look across the Commonwealth, 1,500 chases, 14 deaths, that’s a serious issue that’s something we need to have a conversation whether or not legislation is needed in addition to policies right now,” said state senator John Yudichak, (D) 14th District.

“Perhaps there’s something we can look at in the legislature that would at least provide some remedy and better help them,” said State representative Tarah Toohil/(R) 116th District.

If this crash is determined to be a police chase, it will need to be reported to the state.

In Pennsylvania, each department has its own policy for pursuits.

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