Pa. House votes to outlaw fleeing police on foot

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Suspected criminals who ditch their cars and flee from police on foot would face an additional penalty under legislation approved Tuesday by the state House.

House Bill 220, authored by Rep. Mike Regan (R-York/Cumberland), would require people who are pulled over by police to remain with the vehicle.

Regan said it’s currently not a crime for drivers to flee police once a vehicle is stopped. He said his measure would not only protect officers making stops but the public as well.

The penalty would be identical to that for failing to stop a vehicle.

The bill is headed to the Senate for consideration.

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