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Two in custody after police pursuit in Lynn ends in crash

Lynn police stand on-scene following a car chase that resulted in a two-car crash at the intersection of Chestnut and Essex streets early Tuesday morning. (Spenser Hasak)

LYNN — Two people are in custody after police said a vehicle pursuit ended in a crash and one person was sent to the hospital Tuesday.

According to a Lynn police spokesperson, at around 7:13 a.m. in the area of Chestnut Street and Essex Street, officers observed a vehicle suspected to be involved in a carjacking incident that occurred at 8 p.m. Monday, when a vehicle was stolen at gunpoint.

When officers attempted to pull the stolen vehicle over on Tuesday, the driver led police on a short pursuit before the suspect’s vehicle collided with another vehicle, sending the victim of the crash to the hospital with injuries.

Police said two suspects — a juvenile male from Haverhill and Leanna Rockwood, 22, of Boston — fled on foot and were taken into custody.

Police charged the juvenile with receiving a stolen motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, marked lanes violation, failure to stop/yield, leaving the scene of personal injury, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Rockwood has been charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle, disorderly conduct, and possession of a Class B drug.

Savin Am, who lives on Lincoln Street, said he heard a loud bang around 7:15 a.m.

“I looked out the window and saw a bunch of kids running,” Am said. “I saw cops pursue them.”

Am said he saw at least two individuals running from police and said he also witnessed a woman extracted from a white Honda that was flipped onto its roof and had sustained heavy damage.

“The person was alive from what I saw,” Am said. “She’s lucky it was just her because that front seat was crushed.”

Isabella Mayorga, who works in the area, was on the scene around 8 a.m. when she took a video of the incident that showed the white Honda SUV with heavy damage flipped onto its roof and a black Nissan SUV with heavy front-end damage in front of Tony Tipico Restaurant at the intersection of Chestnut Street and Essex Street.

Reporters from The Item on-scene around 8:20 a.m. witnessed officers from Lynn Police Department and Massachusetts State Police conducting a search of the area, including the presence of the state police K-9 unit.

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