Mom runs off leaving kids in crashed van

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NATIONAL CITY, Calif. — A high-speed chased ended early Wednesday when a woman crashed a van and ran off, leaving her two children crying in the wreck.

The pursuit began at about 12:30 a.m. when National City police attempted to pull over the older Dodge van on East 8th Street. Instead of stopping, the woman driving the van sped off, leading officers on a short chase.

The driver lost control on East 8th Street near East Plaza Boulevard, driving off the road and up a hillside. The van slid several hundred feet, and when it came to a stop, the woman ran off, leaving her two children crying in the van, police said. Officers caught her a short time later.

An ambulance that happened to be in the area arrived at the crash scene in minutes and paramedics gave the children first aid and took them to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The woman was also taken to a hospital in police custody. Investigators said she faces a variety of possible charges.

Police did not say why they initially tried to stop the van.

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