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Deadly crash pursuit started when motorist hit patrol cars

December 26, 2019 GMT

COFFEYVILLE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a Kansas law enforcement pursuit that ended in a deadly crash started when a driver in a pickup truck slammed head on into the patrol cars of deputies who had stopped to attend to a deer that had been struck by a vehicle.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that the collision late Monday disabled one patrol car and damaged the other. The emergency lights of both vehicles were activated at the time of the crash.

The release says the truck’s driver, 24-year-old Robert Scott Jackson, of Coffeyville, then fled before loosing control when the roadway’s surface switched from pavement to gravel about 4 miles (6.44 kilometers) north of Coffeyville. The truck then went into a ditch and struck several trees.

Jackson was pronounced dead at the scene.