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Seizure of vehicles involved in police chases proposed

August 24, 2010 | Virginia News

Richmond, Va. -- You cruise, you lose.

Legislation proposed by Del. G. Manoli Loupassi, R-Richmond, would allow police to seize and sell private vehicles involved in a pursuit by police. Any vehicle driven to elude police in a way that endangers a law-enforcement officer or others could be sold off to benefit schools.

Loupassi's proposal comes in the wake of high-profile, fatal police chases in the state, including one in March in Richmond's Church Hill neighborhood that led to the death of an area pastor.

Loupassi, a member of the Virginia State Crime Commission, said the idea of vehicle forfeiture was raised in a commission work group's deliberation on ways to reduce police chases. It's intended to serve as punishment and deterrent.

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