2 dead after car flees attempted traffic stop, crashes

By The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Authorities say two people have died and a third was critically injured after a car that was pursued by police crashed in Indianapolis.

The crash happened about 1 a.m. Friday after police say an unmarked police vehicle was passed by a car that was going about 80 mph (129 kph) on a roadway on the city’s west side. Police say the officer activated emergency lights, but the car sped away before crashing into a tree.

Police say in a statement that the chase had been terminated shortly before the crash “due to the threat to public safety.”

Police say at least two other cars were struck and damaged by the fleeing vehicle. Names of those involved weren’t immediately released.

The chase and crash are under investigation.

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