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Kansas Patrol Chase Policy More Lenient Than Others

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Highway Patrol's chase policy does not distinguish between chases involving traffic violators and those suspected of violent crimes, such as murder or rape.

Earlier this month, a trooper chased a speeding driver in Wichita, resulting in an accident that killed three people.

The Highway Patrol has said that the trooper appeared to follow policy.

The Wichita Eagle reported Sunday that patrol's policy appears to be more lenient than that of Wichita police and the Sedgwick County sheriff's office.

The patrol's policy allows troopers to chase traffic violators into urban areas when traffic is light and road conditions are favorable.

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