Law Enforcement Works To Reduce Pursuit Wrecks

PARKERSBURG -According to recent statistics from the California Highway Patrol, more than 10,000 people have been injured and more than 300 people killed because of police chases in the last decade.

Locally, West Virginia law enforcement agencies have several policies to reduce the potential for injuries and accidents during high-speed pursuits.

Parkersburg police Sgt. Greg Collins said the decision to initiate a vehicular pursuit is based on the officer’s conclusion that immediate danger to the officer and the public created by the initiation of the pursuit is less than the immediate or potential danger to the public should the suspect remain at large.

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