Local News

High-Speed Chases Becoming More of a Problem

Posted April 17, 1997

— Sometimes, just by doing their jobs, police can endanger themselves and put innocent bystanders at risk. But often, as in the case of a high-speed chase, their only alternative would be to let a suspect escape. There are tough choices to be made when such a situation arises.

In the Triangle, high-speed chases are becoming more of a problem. In the last two weeks in Cary alone there have been at least four such chases. That has legislators taking a look at penalties for those who try to escape when police are in pursuit.

Earlier this week, a man driving a stolen Lexus took police on a chase through Raleigh and Cary, forcing other vehicles off the road and causing several accidents. Currently, eluding police is only a misdemeanor for which the penalty is a fine and a revoked license.

Under a new proposal, it would become a class-A felony if the driver is going 15 mph above the posted speed limit or 80 mph. State Representative Leo Daughtry, North Carolina majority leader, co-sponsored the bill. He says such a change would send a strong message.

Major Ralph Price of the N.C. Highway Patrol says he supports anything that can be done to improve the situation.

Sub-committees in both N.C. houses were scheduled to debate the issue Thursday, but ran out of time. They will try again Tuesday.

Comments

Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all