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Police chase ends with fatal crash

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Authorities say a driver fleeing an officer in western Michigan has died after losing control of her vehicle on a curve and crashing into a tree.

Neighbors on Golden Avenue in Emmett Township woke up to police lights and chunks of metal debris scattered along the road early Sunday morning.

A woman crashed her car along the curve after leading police on a high-speed chase that ultimately cost her life.

"Woke up and there were police cars and lights everywhere. Looks kinda scary,” neighbor Amanda Conine said.

Conine is one of several people who live just feet from the gruesome crash scene.

"It looks like it flipped over, I'm not sure if it did but it was awful, horrific to look at,” she said.

Police said the chase began about 3:30 a.m. near Christy Avenue and Capital Avenue SW.

They said the driver was reckless and speeding through stop lights and stop signs.

Lieutenant Ken Cunningham with Emmett Township Police said the female driver crashed into two trees before her car came to a stop.

He said at one point her vehicle was airborne 6 or 7 feet.

"The car was ripped open from the engine. So, the extrication, once we got the tree removed was pretty easy,” Cunningham said.

A Battle Creek Police car was damaged during the extrication process.

Neighbors remain startled at how close the crash came to their homes.

"To think how close it came to the house over there it’s just amazing once we came out and figured out what actually happened,” Conine said.

The female driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name has not been released. 

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