Police chase ends in deadly car crash

Published: Mar. 17, 2016 at 3:58 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 18, 2016 at 6:34 PM CDT
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Dung Ngoc (Nancy) Tran (Source: Covenant Health)
Dung Ngoc (Nancy) Tran (Source: Covenant Health)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A woman has died after a Thursday morning police chase ended in a deadly crash.

Lubbock police have identified the victim as 54-year-old Dung Ngoc 'Nancy' Tran.

Police were chasing 33-year-old Jonathan Lovato after attempting to serve a warrant for his arrest at the Best Value Inn at 4105 19th Street.

FULL VIDEO: LPD news conference about Thursday morning police chase

Officers were instructed to not let anyone leave the scene while the narcotics unit wrote a search warrant, so when Lovato tried to leave, officers tried to block him in with their vehicles. Lovato got around the vehicles and the chase began at 19th and Memphis.

Two officers and a supervisor turned on their emergency lights and sirens and began chasing Lovato down 19th Street.

Chief Stevens says a sergeant told them to attempt to collide with Lovato and end the chase as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, the crash occurred before officers could do so.

Lovato ran a red light and crashed into the maroon Mustang driven by Tran.

Three people suffered moderate injuries and two others suffered minor injuries.

Police say someone threw a bag of cocaine out of the vehicle during the chase, and that Lovato was carrying a "substantial amount" of methamphetamine, along with marijuana and a 9mm pistol.

Police say Lovato is a convicted felon with a lengthy criminal history. Lovato was booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center just before 9:30 p.m. Thursday. He's charged with violating his parole. Other charges are still pending.

They are conducting a criminal investigation against him along with an administrative investigation to ensure all department policies were followed.

Covenant Health released a statement on Tran Friday morning:

"Our family at Covenant Health is saddened by the death of our long-time employee, Nancy Tran," said Kelly McDaniel, vice president for support services at Covenant Health. "For nearly 16 years, Nancy has been an integral part of our Food and Nutrition Department at Women's and Children's. Our thoughts and certainly our prayers go out to her family and friends, as well as her Covenant family, during this tragic time."

We'll continue to update this story as we learn more.

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