Theft Suspect Fleeing Police Killed In Crash

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A driver who led police on a car chase that ended with a crash has died. The Polk County Sheriff's Department says 29-year-old Melissa Sue Toillion of Des Moines died at the scene in Pleasant Hill Sunday morning.

The chase began at 1:30 a.m. when Toillion failed to stop her vehicle for law enforcement. The vehicle later landed on its side on the front yard of a house. Her passenger, 22-year-old Justin Formaro of Des Moines, was seriously injured. They were suspected of stealing from a convenience store before the accident.

Police say there was additional damage to neighboring yards and at least one utility pole.

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