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(KRON) — A driver leading police on a chase Monday night was killed in a fiery crash, according to Vallejo police. A Vallejo Police Department patrol officer spotted a white 2014 Dodge Durango traveling north on Couch Street toward Mississippi Street just before 11 p.m.

The officer checked the license plate of the vehicle and determined that it had been reported stolen by the San Francisco Police Department. The officer pursued the vehicle until sufficient officers were available to stop the vehicle for a felony.


As additional units arrived, officers conducted a felony traffic stop at the corner of Couch and Redwood Streets. The driver, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, refused to comply and officers began a pursuit eastbound on Redwood Street.

The chase, police said, then continued south on Broadway Street for about a mile and ended when the driver lost control at the intersection of Broadway and Alabama Street and collided with a fence, a building and a tree.

When the vehicle hit the tree, it burst into flames. Officers were able to free the unconscious driver and provide medical assistance. The Vallejo Fire Department and EMS arrived and extinguished the fire.

Despite the efforts of medical personnel, the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The Vallejo PD Traffic Division is investigating the circumstances and factors of the case. The incident is Vallejo’s fourth traffic fatality of 2024.