Sen. Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah) offered the following statement on the Senate’s passage of SB 5352, legislation expanding the authority of police to pursue fleeing suspects:

“I want to thank my colleagues for taking the procedural step to get this bill a vote on the floor. Ensuring the authority of police to pursue violent criminals will help us catch bad guys and keep folks safe. This is an important part of our public safety mission this year, along with reforming our drug possession laws, passing legislation on gun violence prevention, and a whole host of other good bills. This bill isn’t perfect, but it’s a big improvement over the status quo, and I want to see it move through the rest of the process and get to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

“Violent criminals should hear what this means – when you see the lights and sirens, pull over, because you cannot just drive away and you will be caught.”