Police: Ohio driver dies in crash after fleeing authorities

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say an Ohio driver who refused to stop for authorities died in a crash after swerving to avoid road spikes.

The accident happened early Saturday morning on the near east side of Columbus.

Columbus police say events leading to the crash began when Franklin County sheriff’s deputies attempted to pull the car over for a traffic offense.

Police say the car was in a minor accident in suburban Reynoldsburg and continued west through suburban Whitehall where police unsuccessfully deployed road spikes.

Columbus police say the car swerved to avoid a second deployment of road spikes farther west and hit a utility pole after the driver lost control.

Police say the 27-year-old driver was dead at the scene and a 23-year-old passenger was admitted to a local hospital.