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Witnesses describe police chase, crash

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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Racing along the interstate Tuesday morning, Memphis police chased after a suspected bank robber. But the pursuit ended when the suspect took his own life.

Police have not yet released the man's name. Instead of going to jail, they say he took a more permanent way out after a chaotic morning.

Steve Loughridge is used to seeing traffic stops near his home at the intersection of Perkins Road and Walnut Grove Road. But he had never seen anything like what he saw Tuesday.

"I didn't hear a thing. And if I didn't see the flashing lights on the wall, I wouldn't know the police were out here," he said.

A half hour earlier, at a Wells Fargo on Poplar Avenue, a man with a gun robbed the bank. He walked a few blocks and then got into a white minivan and drove off.

A witness followed him, updating police until officers were able to get behind the van.

He stopped for a moment on I-240 near Poplar Avenue, but took off again, exiting the interstate at Walnut Grove Road heading west. According to police, the chase did not get any faster than 40 miles per hour.

It ended at Perkins Extended and Walnut Grove Road when the suspect ran a red light, hit an SUV, and then a utility pole.

"It was a three-car crash," said Sgt. Karen Rudolph, Memphis Police Department. "The suspect that we were pursuing did have a weapon and took his own life."

The driver of the SUV was taken to the hospital but was not seriously injured. The suspect that caused the crash turned his gun on himself.

The minivan had Shelby county tags but who the van is registered to remains unclear.

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