San Jose Police Chase Ends in Deadly Crash

Pursuit started when driver attempted to run down officer.

Monday, Feb 18, 2013  |  Updated 10:07 AM PDT
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Arturo Santiago reports on a crash following a police chase that ended with the driver of a stolen vehicle dead in a ravine.

Arturo Santiago reports on a crash following a police chase that ended with the driver of a stolen vehicle dead in a ravine.

One person was killed after crashing a stolen car while attempting to evade officers late Sunday night in San Jose, police said.

An officer was conducting a routine traffic stop in the area of Capitol Expressway and Towers Lane when a dark-colored SUV attempted to run the officer over at about 11:10 p.m., according to police.

The officer jumped out of the way to avoid getting struck, and then got into his patrol car and pursued the fleeing car, police said.

The chase went onto southbound U.S. Highway 101 toward Blossom Hill Road when the driver of the car refused to stop, turning off the car's lights in an attempt to elude the pursuing officers, according to police. Eventually, the suspect lost control of the car and crashed in the 5400 block of Monterey Road, police said.

The driver, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two passengers in the fleeing car were transported to a hospital to be treated for injuries not considered life-threatening, police said. They were 16 and 17 years old and one was listed as a runaway, according to reports. 

Investigators determined the car was reported stolen out of San Jose. Police are investigating the crash. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call San Jose police at (408) 277-4654, or anonymously to the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-7867.

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