NC Highway Patrol under fire for recent changes to chase policy
Asheville, N.C. (WLOS) —
The North Carolina Highway Patrol is taking some heat for making changes to its chase policy.
They include troopers pulling-up behind another vehicle and intentionally bumping it to make it spin out.
That can now only be done if the chase is reaching a speed of less than 55 miles-an-hour.
Another change, troopers can't chase motorcycles if there's a passenger or the bike is weaving in-and-out of traffic at high speeds.
The highway patrol is downplaying policy adjustments.
Sgt. Mike Baker, N.C. Highway Patrol, "it's not a lot of changes, it basically just spells out in more definition how our policy should be read by our members."
Another change, when troopers are assisting another agency, which happens often, they can only take the lead, if approved by a supervisor, or the suspect is a violent felon.