WA Legislature Modifies Police Pursuit Law to Reduce Crime

The House Community Safety, Justice, and Re-Entry Committee passed HB 1363, which would give police who have reasonable suspicion the authority to pursue someone accused of a violent crime, a sexual crime, vehicular assault, escape, DUI, and domestic violence calls.

A Washington state House committee passed two bills Thursday morning related to Washington state's police pursuit laws.

The House Community Safety, Justice, and Re-Entry Committee passed HB 1363, which would give police who have reasonable suspicion the authority to pursue someone accused of a violent crime, a sexual crime, vehicular assault, escape, DUI, and domestic violence calls, KING5 reports.

This would change the existing law, passed in 2021, that only allows for the pursuit of DUI suspects with reasonable suspicion and only allows for pursuits with probable cause for violent, sexual, and escape charges.

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