Man Dies In Crash During Police Pursuit In Hays

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HAYS, Kan A man is dead following a crash during a police pursuit in northwest Kansas.

Just after 2 a.m. on Thanksgiving, Hays police officers in the 800 block of Ash Street saw a Buick LeSabre going the wrong way on a one-way street without headlights. They tried to stop the car after it almost hit one of their patrol cars.

The driver refused to stop and a pursuit began. The suspect turned onto 5th Street but because the car's headlights were off, police believe he didn't see the canal at 5th and Milner. He crashed into the canal at a high rate of speed and struck the east bank.

He was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not yet been released.

The pursuit only lasted about one minute before crash occurred.

No one else was hurt. Officers later determined that the car he was in was stolen.