PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh’s police chief is issuing a new policy on vehicle pursuits after a 12-year-old girl and four others were injured in a two-vehicle crash in the city.
Chief Cameron McLay issued a memo Monday that says officers can’t initiate chases unless they believe a suspect in a violent felony is involved.
McLay is also ordering a review of the car chase policy.
Authorities say they recovered two ski masks, a bulletproof vest and a police scanner from a suspect’s vehicle after the crash Sunday in the city’s Bloomfield neighborhood.
Officers were preparing to stop the vehicle for a traffic violation when it sped away.
The driver and a 16-year-old girl in the car were taken to a hospital in stable condition. A 12-year-old in the back seat was critically injured.
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