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Driver Who Died After Police Pursuit Identified

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 46-year-old man is dead after crashing into a signpost in Minneapolis overnight. The driver was being pursued by police.

Police said that around 1:45 a.m., officers tried to pull over a stolen car along 31st Street East near Stevens Avenue South in Minneapolis.

The driver, identified as Steven Russell Jennings, didn’t pull over but instead took off in the 2005 Honda Civic.

Police say he couldn’t make the curve from 31st to Chicago Avenue South and hit a semaphore pole.

Officers pulled Jennings from the wreck and began first aid. He was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, but died of his injuries.

The officers in the car pursuing Jennings went to the hospital also, but they were not seriously hurt. Police said the officers were trying to catch up to the Civic when the car crashed.

There were no other people in the car when it crashed, and no one else was injured in the incident.

The driver’s identity was not immediately released. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office is assisting.

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