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LUFKIN, Texas — A suspected bank robber died after crashing at a high-rate of speed during a police chase on Thursday, according to the Lufkin Police Department.

Police say LeEdward Hopkins and 42-year-old Tony Mitchell of Houston, Texas, robbed a Wharton, Texas, bank at gunpoint around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.

On Thursday night, the Texas Department of Public Safety received information that Hopkins was traveling through Lufkin on Loop 287 in a black Dodge Challenger R/T. Lufkin Police Department Officer Cody Deal attempted a traffic stop on Hopkins vehicle around 7:10 p.m. but, Hopkins refused to stop.

Additional agencies, including Constable Selman, joined the pursuit as it continued north on U.S. Highway 59. Officers deployed a spike strip across the highway and, after it failed, attempted to shoot out one of Hopkins' tires which, too, was unsuccessful.

Hopkins continued to flee, reaching speeds of 130 miles per hour, before crashing near the Woodland Hills Golf Course in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Police say Mitchell was not with Hopkins at the time of the chase and remains at large.

No other injuries were reported during the pursuit.

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