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Authorities say a car chase in north Houston ended in a major crash that killed the suspect and seriously injured a passenger in the vehicle she was driving
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Authorities say a car chase in north Houston ended in a major crash that left the suspect dead.

It happened around 7:30pm off John F. Kennedy Boulevard and the North Beltway near Bush Intercontinental Airport.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office says deputies tried to pull over a suspected stolen vehicle, but the driver wouldn't stop, sparking a chase.

Authorities say the chase started on West Road and I-45 and went through parts of Harris County and Montgomery County before it came to an end about 40 minutes later, when the suspect collided with another vehicle at an intersection in the 16500 block of JFK Boulevard.

"At the time they ran a red light, a large van-type vehicle, heavy duty vehicle, was traveling eastbound through that intersection. In a side swipe-type motion, he struck the front of that vehicle and lost control crossing the intersection and struck a pole," Harris County Sgt. S. Wolverton said. "The female driver and male passenger were both ejected from the vehicle."

Authorities say the male passenger grabbed a knife and pointed it at officers but was eventually taken into custody for resisting arrest.

The driver of the suspected stolen car was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital, where she died.

The driver of the truck, a man from Splendora, was transported by ambulance to a hospital. We're told he's expected to be OK.

This is the second Houston-area car chase to end a major crash in just three days. On Sunday, a driver being pulled over in League City sped off, ran a stop sign and collided with another vehicle, killing all four people inside. The suspect and a passenger in his car also died.

Authorities are urging drivers to avoid the area.

Stay with Eyewitness News for the latest details.
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