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Valley police chiefs weigh in on police chase standards

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is calling for the development of statewide standards for police chases, saying that too often police pursuits result in people killed or seriously injured. 

Just last month, a police pursuit in Warren ended in a crash that killed a motorist, not involved in the chase.

The crash happened shortly after the pursuit had been called off.  

It was the same situation in a chase out of Lordstown, where the fleeing car crashed after the chase had been terminated.

Youngstown Police Chief Robin Lees said state law requires each department to implement pursuit policies.

"We'll call off the pursuit if we feel that it's getting two dangerous, the speeds are too fast or reckless," said Lees.

Lees and other local chiefs say that right now all police chases are monitored for safety. 

"It would be the senior officer on duty that would monitor the pursuit and make a determination whether to terminate it," said McDonald Police Chief Bill Woodley. 

Several factors need to be considered when a chase is in progress.

"The area the pursuit is going through, the time of day, level of traffic, those are all considered and taken in at the time of the pursuit.  The other thing is we factor in the type of crime and how serious that is," said Chief Lees.
  
A law enforcement advisory board will consider developing stateside pursuit standards, so local departments will wait to see what is recommended. 

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