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Teen driver dies in Atlanta police chase

Terrell Smith was fleeing police in a stolen Dodge Ram truck when a trooper used a PIT maneuver on the vehicle.

ATLANTA — A 17-year-old driver died after leading a Georgia State Patrol trooper on a chase and flipping after a PIT maneuver on Thursday night, according to the Department of Public Safety.

DPS said the teen driver, Terrell Smith, was in a stolen Dodge Ram truck when the chase began on Whitehall Street in Castleberry Hill just before 7 p.m.

According to the department, Atlanta Police requested assistance from GSP, and a trooper from GSP Post 47 responded. 

After the trooper tried to initiate a traffic stop, DPS said Smith "initiated a pursuit" onto I-20 West. 

"Between Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and H.E. Holmes Drive, the trooper performed a PIT maneuver causing the vehicle to strike a guardrail and overturn," a statement said.

Smith was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

A 16-year-old passenger, who is not being identified, was taken into custody by Atlanta Police and will face charges related to the stolen vehicle, DPS said.