Driver crashes into utility pole in police chase that began in Upper Darby, ended in West Philadelphia

UPPER DARBY TWP., Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- Police are searching for a driver who managed to escape after crashing during a chase that began in Delaware County and ended in West Philadelphia.

Investigators said Upper Darby Township police chased the SUV into Philadelphia on Haverford Avenue early Thursday morning.

The driver of a Nissan Pathfinder lost control and crashed into a utility pole and at least two trees before flipping over at Lansdowne Avenue next to Morris Park, police said.

Power lines were down around the vehicle, but, police said, whoever was inside somehow got out despite the extensive damage and ran into the woods.

Officers followed a blood trail, but later lost track of the person, according to police.

Tow truck drivers worked throughout the morning to remove the SUV, revealing major damage to the vehicle.

PECO crews took several hours to replace the damaged pole, and were able to avoid a widespread power outage while making their repairs.

Investigators have not disclosed why they were chasing the driver.
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