HARRISBURG – The PA Senate approved a bill that would make it a crime to flee a police officer on foot to evade arrest and an additional crime if a police dog is hurt while it pursues the person. Senate Bill 814 was introduced to commemorate a Scranton police officer, John Wilding, who died of a head injury in 2015 in pursuit of suspects in a vehicle theft. The severity of the penalty for knowingly fleeing arrest rises based on the seriousness of the underlying crime and if someone is hurt or killed in the pursuit. Currently, PA law does not specifically cover foot pursuit leading to the injury or death of a member of law enforcement. The bill goes to the state House for consideration.