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Taylorsville tightens chase rules

TAYLORSVILLE — Taylorsville police are slowing down on police chases.

The city has changed its pursuit policy to allow officers to chase only drivers wanted for violent felonies, said Sgt. Rosie Rivera, a department spokeswoman. Chief Del Craig changed his department's policy on chases in May but did not publicize the move, Rivera said.

Three months earlier, a motorist was killed when he was hit in an intersection by a police car during a chase. A Taylorsville officer is awaiting trial on a misdemeanor negligent homicide charge.

Because of the new restriction, Rivera said she was called off a pursuit of a suspected drunken driver early Saturday. But when the driver hit another car, backed up and hit it again and attempted to hit Rivera's car, the case was considered an aggravated assault, allowing officers to chase him again.

The driver was eventually stopped after a five-minute chase.

The man was booked into Salt Lake County jail on suspicion of a litany of charges including aggravated assault on a police officer, fleeing and driving while under the influence. He was booked without bail in Salt Lake County jail.