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Chase ends when driver hits garage

An apparent robbery and chase that began with at least five people and two cars ended with one person, one car and no victims, police said today.

Dispatchers received a call late Wednesday morning about a chase near the 1100 block of Broadway Avenue North, the report says. A few minutes later, another call came in, this time about a vehicle that had crashed into a garage in the alley of the 100 block of Eighth Street Northeast.

When officers arrived, the driver of the vehicle was still there, but said his three passengers had run off.

The 19-year-old told police he and his friends had arranged to meet a girl at Cook Park, at Seventh Street and Seventh Avenue Northwest, for "an exchange," said Lt. Mike Sadauskis. While at the park, one of the friends grabbed the girl's purse and got into the man's car; she got back into her vehicle and gave chase.

The incident ended when the 19-year-old lost control of his vehicle and struck the garage, Sadauskis said, causing significant damage.


The driver couldn't provide much information about his friends, the file says, and the woman whose purse was taken hasn't come forward to report it. The purse and its contents have also not been located.

Sadauskis said a postal worker in the area confirmed some of the details of the chase; no injuries were reported, and the driver wasn't arrested.

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