DENVER (CBS4)– Police in Denver searched for a man who ran from a crash after flipping his SUV while being chased by officers.

The police pursuit ended with a crash at 50th and Washington Street just before 3:30 a.m. Friday. Officers set up a perimeter and the area remained under lockdown for more than six hours during the search.

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(credit: CBS)

Police haven’t released many details about what instigated the initial chase but said the suspect did everything he could to avoid officers.

The store manager at a nearby gas station said sparks flew from the rim of a blown tire and the driver lost control. That’s when the driver flipped his SUV at the intersection while driving past the gas station.

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(credit: CBS)

The man said the suspect jumped out of the vehicle against police orders and ran away.

“I told him, ‘Go away! I don’t want you here– go!'” said witness Patrick Caterino. “I checked while he was running, he was running empty handed so I wasn’t worried about any kind of weapons, I just didn’t want him coming here and holing up in the store or coming at me at attacking me or anything like that. It was just, ‘Get away!'”

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

A passenger in the vehicle was seriously injured in the crash and rushed to the hospital.

The suspect remains on the run. He is described as a black male, 6-foot, slender build in his 20s. He was wearing a black hoodie, white T-shirt and blue jeans.

(credit: CBS)

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