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Valdosta man dies after crashing into tree

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A Valdosta man died in a car crash as he tried to get away from police.

Officers responded to a late night fight at a bar on the south side of town over the weekend.

As they talked to a man to see if he was involved in the argument, he sped off and crashed into a tree.

Early Sunday morning, police were called to the bar called 'The House' on South Patterson Street after an argument broke out around 1:00 a.m. 

"They went and checked over there and they saw this guy leaving, so they wanted to check a little bit further," said Valdosta Police Capt. Bobbi McGraw.

A few minutes later when Valdosta Police were patrolling the area, they saw 31-year-old Tory Scott in a parking lot on the 300 block of East Hill Avenue. An officer tried to talk to him.

"Mr. Scott pulled out of the parking lot, pulled out of the parking space really fast in the direction of the officer, and the officer actually had to get out of the way," said Capt. McGraw.

Scott sped down North Lee Street and officers weren't able to get close enough to stop him.

"It's possible he was trying to make a turn because he was close to the intersection of North Lee Street and East Adair Street," continued Capt. McGraw.

He lost control of his Nissan Maxima after he clipped the front of another.  Scott drove into a tree at a vacant Lee Street home.

Authorities say he died at the scene. The captain says when they respond to calls about disputes, people sometimes leave the area even if they're not involved.

They're unsure if Scott was part in the argument.  Several people were riding in the car Scott hit, but no one was injured.

Police won't say whether alcohol may have been a factor. Scott's body has been sent a crime lab for an autopsy.

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