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Two Flint residents charged in relation to police chase and fatal crash

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Two Flint residents have been charged with felonies related to a police chase that led to a fatal crash July 3.

Curtis Douglas Lee II, 28, has been charged with first-degree fleeing from police causing death, two counts of second-degree fleeing from police resulting in serious injury, and firearm charges.

The co-defendant Jasmin Lakeisha Dent, 22, has been charged with tampering with evidence, accessory after the fact to a felony, false report of a felony and lying to a police officer during a criminal investigation.

The charges stem from an incident July 3 when a State Police trooper attempted to pull over a vehicle driven by Lee for a traffic violation on Stewart Avenue near North Street in Flint.

Reports show Lee did not pull over and fled from the police at a high rate of speed. The trooper began a police chase and struck another vehicle, killing 64-year-old Jacqueline Nichols. 

The state police and that trooper are now facing a $50 million wrongful death suit in connection with the crash.

The trooper from the Flint post tried to pull over the suspect's car, but the suspect refused and ran a stop sign. Police said the trooper pursued the suspect and crashed into another vehicle traveling through the intersection.

Precious Cochrane, 61, Jacqueline Nichols, 64, and Robbie Head, 39, were in the vehicle the state trooper crashed into. Nichols died in the accident and Cochrane and Head were severely injured.

The trooper and a passenger, who was a civilian doing a ride-along, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

After the collision Lee continued to flee north on North Street and crashed into a utility pole as he attempted to turn west onto Ridgeway Street, police said.

Lee got out of the vehicle and escaped on foot while Dent got out of the passenger side and into the driver's side, driving the car away, police said.

Dent later ditched the vehicle and called police to report the vehicle stolen.

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