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Stark County deputies investigating after police pursuit ends in fatal crash

Stark County
Posted at 7:14 PM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 19:14:58-04

LEXINGTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio — The Stark County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal crash that occurred in Lexington Township early Friday morning during a police pursuit.

Around 12:51 a.m., deputies were called to U.S. Route 62 eastbound near Union Avenue for report of a crash.

The 45-year-old driver of a 1998 Buick LeSabre attempted to flee after the Alliance police officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, deputies said.

The driver hit a high rate of speed as he fled police and lost control of the vehicle, driving off the roadway and striking a tree, according to deputies.

Deputies said the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation .

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Stark County Sheriff’s Office, 330-430-3800 or use the Tip Line at 330-451-3937.