Pennsylvania’s highest court is set to hear the first police chase case to cross its threshold since 1997, questioning whether the last precedent-setting decision has any effect on suits brought by fleeing suspects rather than innocent bystanders.

The last time the justices addressed how injuries sustained during police pursuits affect governmental immunity, in Jones v. Chieffo, PICS Case No. 97-1826 (Pa. Aug. 21, 1997) Nigro, J.; Cappy, J., concurring; Castille, J., dissenting (17 pages), a majority concluded that a jury should decide whether police negligence was a substantial factor in causing the accident.

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