HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — There may soon be a stiffer penalty in Connecticut for fleeing from a law enforcement officer.

The state House of Representatives voted Tuesday 142-0 to pass a bill that would increase the penalty for initiating a pursuit in which an officer or a third party is killed or seriously injured.

That action currently qualifies as a class C felony if a motor vehicle is involved but only a class A misdemeanor if no vehicle is used. The legislation would make fleeing without a vehicle a class D felony, which carries a fine of up to $5,000 or up to five years in prison, or both.

The bill must be passed by the Senate and receive the signature of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy before it becomes law.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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