Driver fleeing police killed in crash

March 30, 2009 5:39:01 PM PDT
A driver who struck two San Rafael police cars and a police motorcycle died when his 1997 GMC Astro van crashed into a power pole on Summit Road this morning, San Rafael police said.

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Police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher said the chase began around 11:15 a.m. after a San Rafael police officer to pull over the van in the area of Point San Pedro Road and Beach Road after seeing it driven recklessly.

The driver refused to yield and a chase began. During the chase, the driver struck two patrol cars and a police motorcycle, Roherbacher said. The motorcycle officer jumped into the brush and avoided serious injury, but the motorcycle was totaled, Rohrbacher said.

The pursuit ended when the van crashed into a power pole in the area of Point San Pedro Road and Summit Avenue around 11:30 a.m., Rohrbacher said.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

One officer suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital.

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