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Carjacking leads to fatal crash in North Spokane

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SPOKANE, Wash. - A woman was killed Friday morning during a police pursuit after she lost control of the car she was driving and collided with a tree, splitting the car in half and causing it to burst into flames.

According to police, the incident started around 3:30 a.m. when the woman and an unknown accomplice carjacked two people in the 900 block of N. Perry.

The car's owner, a 24-year-old Spokane man, told police he met a man and woman at Ace's Casino sometime late Thursday or early Friday morning. The couple asked him for a ride to a parking lot at Maple and Northwest Blvd to get a borrowed pickup.

At some point afterward, the three were in the victim's car when the couple assaulted the him and forced him out of his car near Perry and Cataldo.  

About an hour later, police spotted the stolen car on N. Walnut being followed by the pickup.

The woman, in the stolen car, did not pull over for police and proceeded to lead officers on a high speed chase. A short time later, the woman lost control of her car and crashed into a tree near Ruby and Indiana. The severe impact caused the car to be split in two and catch fire.

The flames drew a considerable crowd, considering the early morning hours.

Police say the woman was killed in the crash and they are still searching for the woman's accomplice in the carjacking.

Spokane Police Officer Jennifer DeRuwe says the Spokane County Sheriff's Office has taken over the investigation of the incident because city police were involved.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who saw police officers involved in the high-speed chase to contact them at 509-477-5980.

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