Raleigh, NC -- North Carolina's Highway Patrol is changing its rules for pursuing criminal suspects, but a spokesman says the change isn't related to a crash that killed two people.
The new policy states that a trooper won't join a pursuit unless a local police agency's emergency communications center formally requests help from the Highway Patrol's 911 center.
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Patrol Sgt. Jeff Gordon says the change isn't connected to the car crash in May that killed two people in Guilford County.
Sandy Allmond, 55, and Taylor Strange, 11, were killed in that wreck. Allmond was waiting to turn left at a stoplight. Highway Patrol says Trooper JD Goodnight reached speeds of 120 mph and was going an estimated 80 mph at the time of impact. They say he was in pursuit of a speeding vehicle. Witness say Goodnight had blue lights activated but they did not hear a siren.
Gordon says the other changes have to do with the wording to eliminate the possibility of miscommunication.
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