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Apple Valley, MN (KROC AM News) - What began as a police chase in Apple Valley early Monday ended in a crash that left the pursued driver with life-threatening injuries.

The Minnesota State Patrol identified the driver as 36-year-old Matthew Carlson of Lakeville. A passenger identified as 32-year-old Cassandra Dalton of Bloomington was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The State Patrol says the wreck happened around 2:00 AM when Carlson failed to negotiate a curve at a high rate of speed

According to the State Patrol report, “The vehicle went straight through a walking path, hitting a utility pole and a tree. A pursuit of this vehicle was terminated prior to the vehicle crashing, no officers witnessed the crash.”

The State Patrol report says it’s unknown if alcohol was involved.

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