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Police department changes pursuit policy after fatal crash

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PORTAGE, Mich. (AP) -

A southwestern Michigan police department has changed its policy on pursuits after a motorist was killed after her vehicle was hit by another car fleeing police.

Portage's public safety Director Richard White tells WOOD-TV his department is no longer chasing motorists for minor offenses. Officers still will chase violent felons and drivers posing threats to the public.

"I think our community just does not support us driving like crazy people to chase somebody down for ... some minor traffic violation,” White said.

Thirty-three-year-old Crystal Norton died in January after police chased a man who ran a stop sign. Charles Norton says he's not angry with police, but calls it "a day late and a dollar short." He says his sister might be alive if the policy was changed earlier.

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