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Ohio Attorney General Forms Advisory Group on Police Vehicle Pursuits

Attorney General Mike DeWine speaks at a 2014 news conference. (Nick Castele / ideastream)
Attorney General Mike DeWine speaks at a 2014 news conference.

by Nick Castele

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine plans to come up with a police vehicle pursuit policy that local law enforcement agencies could choose to adopt.

DeWine will convene an advisory group on the subject Wednesday.

The 12-member volunteer group includes police officers, judges, the Geauga County prosecutor and a member of the Cleveland NAACP. They’ll hear from experts and draw up a model policy for law enforcement agencies to consider.

DeWine said this group is similar to a panel he brought together to develop police training recommendations.

He said he wants to evaluate the risks of high-speed chases to bystanders.

“If you have a violent offender who is armed, you can certainly come up with a scenario by which the high-speed chase makes sense,” DeWine said. “But there are other circumstances, when you have a traffic stop or a traffic situation, where a high-speed chase may not make any sense at all.”

DeWine’s office investigated the high-speed cross-town chase that ended in a fatal shooting in East Cleveland in 2012 and involved more than 60 law enforcement vehicles. 

Nick Castele was a senior reporter covering politics and government for Ideastream Public Media. He worked as a reporter for Ideastream from 2012-2022.