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Driver dies after fleeing traffic stop, crashing into sign in Houston’s Northside

HOUSTON, TX — A man died as a result of a high-speed crash Monday evening after fleeing a traffic stop in Houston’s Northside/Northline area, reports ABC13.

The crash happened on a stretch of Hardy Road approaching Interstate 610 North Loop, shortly after 8:19 p.m.

According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, sheriff’s deputies tried to have a pickup truck pull over near Little York Road, but its male driver refused to stop. Officials said he reduced his speed to 10 mph at first, then sped to 40 mph before reaching 80 mph. While two deputy vehicles pursued the fleeing driver southbound down Hardy Road, they were said to have adhered to a pursuit policy by keeping a “reasonable distance” and noting speeds and intersections at “regular intervals.”

At one point, the driver veered off the roadway and the vehicle entered a grassy area before colliding with a freeway sign.

Deputies said the driver, who was found to have not been wearing a seatbelt, died from his injuries at the scene.

A section of southbound Hardy Road at the toll road was shut down during the emergency response.

An investigation remains open and ongoing.

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