EVANSVILLE, Ind. — A police pursuit in southwestern Indiana that ended when a fleeing motorist crashed into another car, fatally injuring two children, began when officers tried to stop the man because his car had false plates, police said Thursday.

Evansville police Sgt. Jason Cullum said Wednesday night’s chase lasted about four minutes and ended when Fredrick McFarland, 26, ran a stop sign and crashed into another vehicle at that intersection.

The crash fatally injured 7-month-old Prince Carter and his 2-year-old sister, Princess Carter. Cullum said at a Thursday news conference that the department wants to “extend our condolences” to the youngsters’ family. He said deaths are the first in Evansville involving a police chase since September 2009.

He said the woman who was driving the car carrying the two youngsters was hospitalized with serious injuries and another passenger has life-threatening injuries.

Cullum said that McFarland remains hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries he suffered in the crash.

He faces a preliminary felony charge of fleeing from police and is expected to face additional charges.

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