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Published April 17, 2012, 10:51 AM

1 person dead following police chase

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Police say one person has died after a vehicle plunged down a ravine following a chase in Columbia Heights.

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Police say one person has died after a vehicle plunged down a ravine following a chase in Columbia Heights.

An officer on patrol saw a motorist driving recklessly just before 1 a.m. Tuesday and began to pursue the vehicle. The driver turned off the vehicle's lights and sped away. With police in pursuit, the driver lost control and the vehicle plunged down the ravine and into some woods next to Hart Lake.

Authorities tell KARE-TV (http://kare11.tv/ITVZaD ) the driver was ejected and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Minnesota State Patrol and Anoka County Sheriff's Department is helping with the investigation.

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