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Texas bank robbery suspect killed in crash after police pursuit in which speeds topped 130 mph

to connectVideoBank robbery suspect is dead after a crash during a high-speed police chase

A bank robbery suspect is dead after veering off a Texas highway and hitting a tree, while on the run from the police.

A bank robbery suspect in Texas was killed after trying to escape from the police on Thursday when he lost control and crashed during a chase that saw speeds topping 130 mph, officials said.

The Lufkin Police Department said in a news release posted on Facebook, the researchers were looking for two men who robbed a bank in Wharton at about 11:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The men — identified as LeEdward Hopkins, 43, and Tony Mitchell, 42, both of Houston, texas — and then sped off with an unknown amount of cash.

At around 7 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety learned that Hopkins may be in the Lufkin area, travel north on Loop 287 in a black Dodge Challenger. A Lufkin police officer then spotted the vehicle and attempted to conduct the traffic stop, but officers said Hopkins refused to stop.

The mangled remains of a vehicle following the crash on Thursday.
(Lufkin Police department and the Fire department)

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Hopkins is a continuation of U.S. 59 in the direction of the city of Nacogdoches, when several agencies joined in the pursuit. The officers tried in vain to shoot at Hopkins’ back band, but they were not successful.

“Hopkins, broke away from the enforcement of the law, as he was near the Nacogdoches city limits, reaching speeds of over 130 mph,” police said. “He lost control of the vehicle after its tires were spiked in the vicinity of Woodland Hills Golf Course.”

Top speeds during the pursuit exceeded 130 km / h before the crash, according to police.
(Lufkin Police department and the Fire department)

Dashcam video has been released by the ministry showed that the vehicle veering off the road, striking a utility pole, and the air before crashing into a nearby tree.

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“The car’s engine block caught fire, but it could have been thrown out of the vehicle,” police said.

The police said the bank robbery suspect LeEdward Hopkins, 43, of Houston, was killed in the crash.
(Lufkin Police department and the Fire department)

Hopkins was believed to have died on impact and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police recovered an undisclosed amount of money from the vehicle, along with a loaded pistol and an extra magazine.

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No one else was injured in the chase, according to police. The crash and subsequent investigation was done to see part of the road closed for several hours at a time.

Mitchell was not at Hopkins, at the time of the crash and remained at large, police said.

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