DENVER — A high-speed chase through downtown Denver early Sunday morning ended when the driver of the fleeing vehicle wrapped it around a traffic signal pole, sending the four people in the car to the hospital, authorities say.

A Denver police officer saw the four people get into an altercation with another individual on Lawrence Street downtown.

One of the four allegedly drew a weapon, possibly a handgun, before the group got into the car, said Lt. Scott M. Kaye, commander of the Denver Police Department’s traffic investigations unit.

“An armed person who displays a weapon at other people meets the criteria for pursuit,” Kaye said, speaking from the scene.

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