January 18, 2019 12:51 am
Updated: January 18, 2019 4:57 pm

Car flees Vancouver police traffic stop, ensuing collision sends 3 to hospital

Three people were taken to hospital after a collision that occurred after a vehicle fled a police traffic stop in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

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Three people were taken to hospital with minor injuries after a traffic stop in Vancouver devolved into a serious collision Thursday night.

On Friday, Vancouver police confirmed the incident happened just after 6:30 p.m. when officers initiated a traffic stop using their emergency lights and sirens near East Hastings and Jackson Avenue.

Police say the driver of a white Honda Civic initially began to pull over on Jackson but then unexpectedly sped away from the curb, going northbound. Seconds later, the driver, allegedly without braking, tried to drive through Cordova Street, where the vehicle collided with a grey Audi.

The Civic struck a utility pole and landed on its side.

Police say three of the four occupants were taken to hospital with minor injuries. The fourth was released at the scene.

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The driver of the Audi was the only person in his vehicle and was not injured.

Police say the 25-year-old driver of the Civic, a woman from Surrey, is being investigated for dangerous operation of a vehicle and other driver offences.

Vancouver police say this was not a police pursuit.

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