High Speed Chase Ends With Spectacular Crash

High Speed Chase Ends With Spectacular Crash

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(NBC News) -- A high-speed chase in Fort Hall, Idaho, Tuesday ended when a suspect crashed a van into a police cruiser.

The van swerved to miss spike strips in the street, but plowed head-on into the parked cruiser at about 70 miles an hour.

High Speed Chase Ends With Spectacular Crash

The trooper ran from beside his car and was not injured, but his cruiser won't be cruising anytime soon.

Incredibly, the driver of the van was not killed, thanks in part to air bags. He is hospitalized in intensive care.

Idaho state police say high speed pursuits seem to be happening more often this year.

The incident started when Fort Hall officers tried to issue an aggravated battery warrant to Dennis Dixey. Dixey then decided to leave in his van.

High Speed Chase Ends With Spectacular Crash

The pursuit reached top speeds of 100 miles per hour.

Dixey now also faces at least one charge of felony eluding.

The pursuit mostly happened on back roads. Police were trying to stop Dixey before he got closer to people and buildings.

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