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Mass. State Police revises pursuit policy

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BOSTON, Mass. — Four months after a high-speed pursuit ended with a suspect crashing into a taxi and killing two people in Somerville, State Police officials quietly overhauled the agency's chase policy, placing greater emphasis on assessing the potential risk to the public.

Spokesmen for the State Police and the Executive Office of Public Safety said the change to the 2001 policy, which went into effect Sept. 7, was set in motion well before the crash in Somerville on May 27.

Still, had the new guidelines been in place at the time, the ultimately fatal pursuit probably would have been called off earlier.

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