This has been the summer of high speed chases. State and local law enforcement agencies have initiated five high-speed police pursuits in the past month. Perhaps the most remembered is the chase in which a deputy in Amherst County tried to stop a speeding motorcycle July 13…an 18 year old passenger was killed in an ensuing crash. Authorities say, in a persuit, the officer must have his vehicle’s lights and siren on to warn other motorists. The first two vehicles involved in the pursuit must be “marked” vehicles. The Virginia State Police has been involved with two area pursuits in the past month. The Appomattox Division, was involved in 13 pursuits from Jan. 1 – Aug. 15…a decrease from 28 in 2012.