Emporia man killed in car crash after early morning police pursuit

A brief police chase led to the death of an Emporia man early Sunday.

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says Emporia Police attempted to stop a car driven by 20-year old Javier Escobedo in the area of 9th and Commercial around 2:30am Sunday. Escobedo apparently failed to stop at a stop sign. When officers approached, Escobedo sped off and tried to elude them. Somehow Escobedo crashed his car into a power pole at 9th and Cottonwood.

Shortly after the crash, Lyon County Fire/EMS crews and deputies responded. Escobedo was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash, and was transported to Newman Regional Health, where he was pronounced dead at 3:14am.

The cause of the wreck is yet to be determined. The Lyon County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.

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