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A man was critically injured when he crashed the stolen car he was driving while fleeing from police in Oakland early this morning, an Oakland police spokeswoman said. Police spotted the stolen 1995 Saturn sometime around 7:30 a.m. in the area of 69th Avenue and tried to pull it over, police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said. The driver refused to yield and instead accelerated away, she said.
Officers pursued the car until it went out of control and crashed into a fire hydrant about 2 miles away near 41st Avenue and San Leandro Street, police said. The driver, a 35-year-old man, suffered life-threatening head injuries, and his passenger, another man, complained of pain, Watson said. Both were taken to hospitals. The Police Department’s homicide and fatal accident teams were called to the scene, and an internal investigation will be conducted into the crash, as is protocol.
No police officers were hurt.
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