Report: Wisconsin police officers chasing more suspects
APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- An analysis of state records shows that high-speed police chases and injuries are becoming more common in Wisconsin.
A report by Gannett Wisconsin Media says that law enforcement officials were involved in 567 chases during the first six months of this year, accounting for a 33 percent increase from last year. That's the highest number of police chases since 2007.
The number of incidents involving injuries also reached a five-year high, but no deaths were reported by police.
It's unclear what's driving the increase, but it contradicts efforts by some law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin and across the country to refrain from chasing suspects.
Milwaukee police officials moved to restrict officers from chasing suspects involved in minor offenses after the deaths of four bystanders in 2009 and 2010.