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Driver airlifted after stolen vehicle pursuit crash in Thousand Palms

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A driver is being airlifted in Thousand Palms after crashing following a police pursuit in a vehicle police said was reported stolen.

According to Sgt. Deanna Pecoraro of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, the incident started at around 2:02 p.m. when deputies spotted the stolen vehicle near the area of Ramon Road and Desert Moon in Thousand Palms.

Pecoraro told News Channel 3 that deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop, however, the driver did not yield, leading to a pursuit. It was a short pursuit as at around 2:06 p.m. near Washington Street and Thousand Palms Way, the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed.

There were three occupants in the vehicle. According to Cal Fire, two were injured. One suffered minor injuries, another sustained moderate injured. An airship was requested to the scene.

No deputies were injured in the pursuit, it was a single-vehicle collision.

The incident remains under investigation. Stay with News Channel 3 for continuing updates.

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