Mayor calls for creation of taskforce: Suspect to face more charges

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – New developments tonight surrounding a deadly police chase in Richmond. The suspect will face more charges and area leaders are now trying to find new ways to make sure no other innocent bystanders are killed during a pursuit.

Pastor Anthony Taylor had just presided over a service at his east end church. He was driving through Church Hill when a car running from a police check point in Henrico County slammed into his truck.

Taylor died, 26 year old Darryl Harris is charged with involuntary manslaughter and eluding police. Prosecutors said Wednesday they will seek more charges against Harris in a special grand jury on April 6. And they are taking a closer look at last night's vigil for Taylor, where Harris' mother read an apology from her son to a crowd of mourners.

"I regret my driving at a high rate of speed after I panicked as the police checkpoint. I promise to dedicate my life to Apostle Taylor's memory. Love and respect, Darryl Harris," said Shelly Harris, mother of Darryl Harris.

Prosecutors called the apology a confession, which could be used in court. Richmond's mayor is calling for a regional taskforce to review police policies for chases. He sent a letter to Henrico and Chesterfield calling for a review of guidelines.

For checkpoints near jurisdictional lines, circumstances that warrant a high speed chase, and guidelines for maximum speeds in a chase.

"We're going to institute a study of the high speed chase policies in city and how they connect with adjoining counties we don't want to be here again," said Mayor Dwight Jones.

The mayor wants to meet soon and have the task force review findings within two weeks. Harris will be in court on April 20. Taylor will be laid to rest this Saturday in Charlotte.

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