Vehicle pursuit through Merced ends in fatal crash; suspect dead
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MERCED // A subject who led police on a pursuit through the Merced area is dead after losing control of his vehicle and striking a tree, resulting in a fatal crash.
On December 13th just after 10:30 AM, police attempted to pull over a vehicle in the area of Buhach and Bellevue Roads. The driver chose instead to accelerate and lead officers on a pursuit across surface streets and onto northbound Highway 99.
The pursuit continued along 99 at a high rate of speed until the suspect lost control of the vehicle, struck a tree, and came to a stop on the east side of Highway 99.
The driver, and sole occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. The California Highway Patrol has assumed investigation into the incident.