Man dies in wreck after running from police

Friday morning, an Amarillo police officer observed a traffic violation on a white Ford crown Victoria in the area of SW 3rd and McMasters. The officer turned on their emergency equipment to perform a traffic stop. 

The driver of the vehicle originally stopped, but then sped off as the officer approached on foot. 

APD officials said the officer started to pursue, but cancelled due to the erratic driving by the suspect. 

The officer saw the suspect vehicle spin out at SW 3rd and Georgia. Officials said the vehicle continued westbound on SW 3rd and then north on Alabama. 

After losing control of the vehicle, the suspect clipped a vehicle at NW 4th and Alabama and struck a tree. 

The driver, a 33-year-old male, died at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

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