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2nd high-speed chase in 1 week turns deadly


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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) -- For the second time in less than a week, a police chase turned deadly. This time the pursuit killed a young woman.

The high-speed chase ended at East 30th and Mahaska in Des Moines around 11 p.m. Monday.

Polk county deputies initiated the chase just north of the metro after they found out the car was stolen. One young woman, who was a passenger in a Jeep, died at the scene. That Jeep also ran into a car that was waiting at a stop sign. The person in that car was not injured. But, two men in the Jeep were taken to the hospital. Their injuries are not life-threatening. Des Moines police have not released the names of the two men or of the woman who died. The men are both facing various charges.

Because several recent chases have begun due to stolen cars, Capt. Kelly Willis said you should never leave your keys in your car.

"By not allowing a felony to happen, the public could really help us out here," Willis said.

On Friday another deadly chase killed an East High Student. Matthew Floyd Perry, 16, was an all-conference lineman for East's football team. Des Moines police say Perry's younger brother stole a pizza delivery car. When police caught up with them, a chase began that ended in a crash that killed Floyd.


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