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Folsom chase turns deadly in El Dorado Hills

A high-speed chase early Wednesday morning turned deadly for a man fleeing from Folsom police officers.

Shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday, the suspect, whose name was not released as of press time, was seen by Folsom Police Department officers traveling at a high rate of speed down Iron Point Road in Folsom with his headlights off in a GMC pickup truck, according to a department press release.

Officers witnessed the vehicle blow through a stop sign at Iron Point Road and Empire Ranch Road. When officers attempted to pull the vehicle over, the suspect fled and led authorities on a high-speed pursuit.

A department spokesman told the Mother Lode News that the suspect, during the chase, drove recklessly and at one point even attempted to ram into a patrol car after being cornered into a dead end of a residential suburb.

But the chase ended in El Dorad Hills, on Green Valley Road, just west of Brown’s Ravine, when the suspect clipped another car and was ejected from his own vehicle.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle was unharmed in the collision.

The California Highway Patrol is currently investigating the crash, but authorities believe the suspect was not wearing his seat belt. It is currently unknown whether drugs or alcohol played a factor in the early morning incident.

As of press time, the subject’s name had not been released, pending notification of his next of kin.

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