The House voted 93-35 Wednesday to increase penalties for crime suspects who flee law enforcement officers, resulting in death or injury.
The bill covers people who begin to flee in a motor vehicle, then continue to run from police by foot or other means.
Under current law, the state requires a more severe penalty for people who flee in a vehicle, and injury or death occurs. The bill written by Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, would extend that penalty.
â€œWe are going way wild on this bill,â€ Rep. Joe Mullery, DFL-Minneapolis, said in arguing against it.
But Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, counted: â€œThe law enforcement officers I talk to want this bill bad.â€ He is a police chief.