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Suspected car thief runs into tree in Milton

Bill Brett for the Boston Globe

The car ended up wrapped around a tree Tuesday, and the driver was removed from the wreckage with the Jaws of Life.

MILTON - A man suspected of stealing a car in Randolph Tuesday lost control of the vehicle while being chased by police and crashed into a tree with so much force that the car was nearly sliced in half, law enforcement officials said.

Milton’s police chief, Richard Wells, said the unidentified man had to be extricated from the wreckage on Randolph Avenue near Brook Road and was taken to Boston Medical Center.

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His condition was not known Tuesday night.

Police had to use the Jaws of Life to free the man from the car’s wreckage.

Wells said the incident began in neighboring Randolph after 1 p.m. when the car’s owner walked into a laundromat in Randolph Center and apparently left the keys in the vehicle.

The suspect jumped into the vehicle and began driving north on Route 28, where the stolen car was spotted by Randolph officers, the chief said.

“They followed it all the way into Milton,’’ Wells said.

He said Randolph officers then tried to box the vehicle in on Route 28, but the driver sped off. “As they were trying to do this, he eluded them and he took off,’’ the chief said.

Wells said the driver traveled about a mile further on Route 28 northbound at a high rate of speed. “He loses control, goes airborne, and hits that tree,’’’ the chief said.

The crash is under investigation by Milton and Randolph police.

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