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Driver dies after vehicle chase with Maple Bluff police, DOJ says

A person died after crashing a vehicle into a tree Sunday after a pursuit by Maple Bluff police, according to the state Department of Justice.

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A Maple Bluff police officer attempted to stop the vehicle for traffic violations around 9 a.m. Sunday, the DOJ said in a statement. After the vehicle didn’t stop, police initiated a short pursuit.

The vehicle then crashed into a tree. The driver ran off on foot while three passengers remained at the site of the crash, the DOJ said.

The driver later died at a hospital, but the DOJ did not provide a cause of death, name, or any other information about the driver. The Dane County medical examiner declined to comment on the person’s death.

The three passengers were also taken to the hospital. No law enforcement personnel were injured in the incident. The officer who was involved was not identified and has been placed on what the DOJ called “administrative assignment.”

As is typical in cases in which a person dies during police contact, the DOJ’s Division of Criminal Investigation has taken over the inquiry, with assistance from police in Madison and McFarland, along with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office and the State Patrol.

The DOJ’s reports will be turned over to the Dane County District Attorney’s Office, which will determine whether there is any criminal liability.

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