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Man in police chase crashes car, tries to run away

A 60-year-old man who crashed his vehicle into a guardrail while being pursued by police Monday night attempted to flee by foot before he was arrested, Northeast District police said.

Police said James Gardin was stopped for a routine check around 7:45 p.m. Monday when he took off in his vehicle and it crashed at Interpark and Humboldt Parkway.

Gardin tried to run away but police caught him in a rear yard on Humboldt, police said.

A crack pipe was recovered in the ash tray of Gardin’s vehicle, police said.

Damages to the guard rail were estimated at $1000.

Gardin faces charges of obstructing governmental administration, criminal mischief, possession of a controlled substance and numerous state Vehicle and Traffic violations.