2 people killed in crash following pursuit in Littleton

LITTLETON, Colo. -- Two people were killed in a crash following a high-speed pursuit on South Santa Fe Drive near the Aspen Grove shopping center early Wednesday morning, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said.

The high-speed chase started around 2:30 a.m. when deputies tried to pull over two vehicles traveling at a high rate of speed near Highway 85 and Daniels Park, the sheriff's office said.

Deputies began chasing the suspects, who were driving stolen vehicles, on northbound Highway 85. Deputies put down stop sticks between Highway 85 and Highlands Ranch Parkway.

The suspects hit the sticks, but continued driving.

Authorities said that the suspects continued driving fast and one of the suspects hit another vehicle traveling westbound on West Mineral Avenue.

Two people inside that vehicle were pronounced dead on scene, deputies said.

The suspect involved in the crash was taken into custody.

Deputies recovered the second vehicle but the driver remains at large.

Both directions of South Santa Fe Drive were shut down between Aspen Grove and West Mineral Avenue while authorities investigated. Authorities also closed westbound West Mineral Avenue.

The road fully reopened around 11:30 a.m.

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