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Fleeing driver charged with vehicular homicide

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CLEVELAND, TN (WRCB) -- An early Saturday morning police chase in Cleveland ended with a fatal accident after police had called off their pursuit.

A Ford van driven by Dennis Orlando Cruz had been pursued by Cleveland Police around 4:00 a.m. but continued to flee at a high rate of speed even after officers had discontinued their pursuit.

According to the accident report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Cruz was still driving a high rate of speed northbound on Georgetown Road when he crossed over the center line and struck a Ford Escort in the opposite lane head on.

The driver, 46-year-old Holli Hough, was fatally injured in the collision. Her passenger, 34-year-old James Hughes, III, was injured.

THP spokeswoman Dayla Qualls said the THP has charged Cruz with vehicular homicide and criminal simulation. She noted that additional charges may be placed by Cleveland Police Department.

According to the report, Cruz had been drinking at the time but the results of the field test were not yet available.

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