JPD: 3-car wreck not result of police chase - - Jackson, MS

JPD: 3-car wreck not result of police chase

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 JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A three-car wreck in Jackson sent three people to the hospital over the weekend. 

Although a JPD cruiser was trying to catch the speeder responsible for the crash, police said there was never a chase.

 Jackson Police Assistant Chief Lee Vance said the driver of a tan Taurus was already speeding and had run a stop light when a patrolling officer caught site of him.  That was on Northside Drive and California Avenue about 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Vance said the police cruiser tried to catch up to the vehicle, but just a mile down the road the Taurus crashed.  The Taurus had a toddler in a child safety seat.  Witnesses told us the car seemed to be traveling more than 80 miles an hour before it struck a silver car then plowed into a maroon vehicle.  Three people were taken to the hospital.

"To call it a pursuit would be an exaggeration at best, probably out right erroneous. We're still in the process of investigating it. We did have some other witnesses that we're trying to get statements from and we have been getting conflicting reports about what actually did happen," said Assistant Chief Vance.

Assistant Chief Vance said the officer was doing his job by trying to stop the speeder.  The identities and conditions of those taken to the hospital have not been released.

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