Running from police? The penalties may soon be harsher in Tuscaloosa

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The Tuscaloosa City Council’s Public Safety Committee on Tuesday approved a measure that would increase penalties for anyone found guilty of running from police.

These harsher penalties are designed for those who lead police on high-speed chases.

There have been more and more people running from police during pullover attempts, Tuscaloosa Police Chief Brent Blankley said, and the increased punishment can help cut down those numbers.

Right now, the maximum penalty for attempting to elude is six months in jail and up to $500 in fines.

If the full city council adopts the proposed measure, the maximum sentence would increase to 12 months in jail and $5,000 in fines.

Most people who are charged with attempting to elude are facing at least one other charge.

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