THP: More Tennessee drivers are fleeing during traffic stops

Posted at 10:11 PM, May 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-22 23:11:38-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Highway Patrol is trying to sound the alarm on a troubling trend.

They say more and more drivers are choosing to flee from police rather than pull over during traffic stops.

It's a trend they say is also happening across the country.

While troopers try to figure out why more drivers are choosing to run, they say they want to remind drivers that driving away can turn what could be just a warning into a felony -- especially if there are injuries.

"If you were to wreck, injure or kill someone, the charges will be much higher, including up to vehicular homicide," said Lt. Bill Miller with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

THP and other agencies say they have tactics in place to determine when to chase vehicles -- and when not to -- to keep people safe.