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4 Hurt When High-Speed Chase Ends in Head-on Crash in Carlsbad

A driver in a stolen vehicle led officers on a high-speed chase through Carlsbad before crashing head-on with another vehicle, leaving four people hurt, police said. 

Officers tried to stop a stolen Acura at the intersection of El Camino Real and Faraday Avenue, just north of Palomar Airport Road, at about 11 p.m. Sunday but the driver took off, Carlsbad Police Department Lt. Christie Calderwood said. 

The driver sped northbound down El Camino Real for about three miles before losing control of the Acura and crashing with a BMW heading the opposite direction, Calderwood said. 

A 27-year-old woman and 28-year-old female, both from Carlsbad, who were inside the BMW at the time of the crash both suffered minor injuries.

The driver of the Acura and another passenger, a 25-year-old man and a 43-year-old female, were both seriously hurt and taken to a nearby hospital, Calderwood said. 

It is unclear who was behind the wheel at the time of the crash and what charges they may be facing. 

A portion of El Camino Real was closed for hours as detectives investigated the crash. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is aiding CPD in its investigation.

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