Ala legislators to increase penalties for fleeing


The Alabama House and Senate agree the state should increase the penalties for motorists who flee from police officers, but they don't agree on how to do it.

The House voted 103-0 Thursday for a bill by Republican Rep. Spencer Collier of Bayou La Batre. A short while later, the Senate voted 26-0 for a different bill by Republican Sen. Rusty Glover of Semmes. Now, the Senate must consider Collier's bill, and the House must review Glover's bill.

Both bills increase the minimum punishment from six months in jail to a year. Both bills provide even stronger penalties of up to 10 years in prison for the most serious types of fleeing, but they disagree about what types of fleeing are counted as felonies.

State records show Alabama had 1,400 convictions in 2007 for fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.

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