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Lodi man in critical condition after chase, crash

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Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:00 am

A Lodi man is in critical condition after crashing his vehicle during a high-speed chase on Saturday.

Around 9:20 p.m., Lodi police received a call stating that a vehicle crashed through the fence of a residence and the driver was not getting out. Police said they arrived at the 300 block of East Harney Lane to find the vehicle overturned. A large portion of a tree had fallen on top of the vehicle. Inside the vehicle, the driver, 19-year-old Muhammad Waseem, was struggling to escape, police said.

Waseem, who was bleeding from several lacerations, was removed from the vehicle, police said. Fire crews treated him on scene and transported him to San Joaquin General Hospital.

A California Highway Patrol officer soon arrived at the scene.

Lodi police said that shortly before the crash, a CHP officer spotted two vehicles the officer suspected were racing along West Lane near Armstrong Road. The officer followed and attempted to pull over one of the vehicles, but it fled, according to Lodi police.

At the scene of the crash, the CHP officer said that the vehicle, which had driven through the fence and was now overturned, was the same one that had been involved in the pursuit, according to Lodi police.

At San Joaquin General Hospital, police learned Waseem’s condition was worsening, so Lodi police deployed its Major Accident Investigation Team to the scene.

As of Monday afternoon, Waseem is in critical condition, according to a San Joaquin General Hospital official.

Contact reporter Kristopher Anderson at krisa@lodinews.com.

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