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Pa. House votes to update police flight law

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Legislation that would amend Pennsylvania's law against fleeing and eluding a police officer has passed the state House of Representatives.

House Bill 1202 would require drivers stopped by police to remain in or at their vehicle, according to Rep. Mike Regan (R-York/Cumberland), who authored the measure.

Regan said that under current law, a police officer cannot further charge a person who flees on foot from a traffic stop if they ultimately surrender.

Regan said his bill closes the loophole and authorizes a police officer to file a misdemeanor or felony count if the person who fled endangered the officer or the public.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

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