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Driver faces charges after wrecking van, fleeing scene

Fire suppression foam covers the ground where a Ford Windstar crashed and burned on McDonald Chapel Road in Covington County Saturday night. Fire suppression foam covers the ground where a Ford Windstar crashed and burned on McDonald Chapel Road in Covington County Saturday night.
Authorities are looking for the driver of a burned-out van who escaped into a wooded area west of Collins Saturday night after wrecking it following a high speed chase.  

Mississippi Highway Patrol officials have identified the suspect as Jose Hidalgo. 

They say he was the driver of a Ford Windstar that tried to avoid a police checkpoint on Highway 184. Officers chased the van on several roadways, before it ran off McDonald-Chapel Road into a grove of trees and caught fire. 

Officers say Hidalgo ran away, but a male passenger remained in the vehicle. He was rescued by state troopers before he could be injured by the flames.  

He faces no criminal charges.  

Officers say at this point, Hidalgo only faces misdemeanor charges.  

It's unknown if he was injured in the crash.  

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