Highway Patrol Addresses Pusuit Policy After Deadly Chase

By: Jennifer Bocchieri Email
By: Jennifer Bocchieri Email

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Highway Patrol Spokesman Gary Warner says a trooper did everything he was expected to do during a pursuit that ended up deadly.

Warner says the Highway Patrol's pursuit policy has troopers evaluate each situation separately taking into consideration things like how much traffic is on the street at the time.

A Kansas Highway Patrol stated a trooper clocked a car driving 23 mph over the speed limit at about 1 a.m. Saturday along I-135 near Kellogg. The trooper tried to pull over the driver Jennifer Stilley, 24, but it turned into a chase instead.

Stilley continued on to 21st St. N. before crashing into the back of another car three minutes later near Erie, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Mia Alberson, 43, and Peggy King, 44, were riding in the other car and died in the crash. A third passenger, Teresa Phillips, 45, remains in critical condition this morning. Stilley later died at the hospital.

Batemon was riding with Stilley and was taken to Via Christi St. Francis hospital in good condition, but has since been released.

The highway patrol is stil trying to figure out what caused the driving to flee from police.

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