East St. Louis police chase ends in fatal crash

EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KPLR) - A 17-year-old is dead after a short police chase in East St. Louis.   Police say that when they tried to pull over the teen, he sped off.

The car went about a block or two before crashing into a sign, a tree, and then a light pole near the intersection of 18th and Baugh Monday afternoon. The wooden light pole can be seen snapped in half.  It is now resting on top of the vehicle.  The teen's body is still inside the car.

Police have not disclosed why they wanted to pull over the teen. Illinois State Police are investigating the crash.

There are many people at the scene of the accident near the MetroLink crossing, just north of I-64.  Many of them are sobbing.