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Eluding vehicle crashes into van, takes out power, hits parked cars in Ontario

A vehicle flipped over after its driver eluded Ontario police on Saturday, March 12. The vehicle crashed into a van before shearing a power pole. (Mara Kirby Garcia photo)

ONTARIO – A vehicle fleeing police crashed with a private van near downtown Ontario Saturday afternoon, sheared off a utility pole and caused a chain-reaction collision involving vehicles parked in a residential neighborhood.

Sgt. Dave Walters of the Ontario Police Department said in a statement Sunday that a patrol officer tried to stop a Mercedes with Idaho license plates in the 700 block of Northwest Second Street, north of downtown Ontario.

The driver accelerated and the officer, not identified in the statement, stopped his pursuit 22 seconds after it started “due to the speed and the residential location of the incident.”

The driver continued south on . . .