The victim was trying to escape his wrecked car when it exploded A driver burned to death after his car crashed and exploded following a high-speed chase with police in Fanling yesterday. Lee Ho-lun, 24, struggled halfway out of the blazing car but was apparently trapped by his legs when the Mitsubishi, owned by his brother, erupted in a fireball. Police said the car had only been released from a government pound in Tsuen Wan a few days earlier after being seized in relation to an anti-road-racing operation in Tai Po. In that operation, a police officer opened fire on a car as it sped towards him. An officer dealing with yesterday's crash said: 'We were told that its driver had opened the door and tried to climb out of the blazing car but his legs were trapped and he was unable to get out.' The accident happened at the junction of Ma Sik Road and Wo Tai Street about 11am. The incident began when Senior Inspector Wong Ying-yin, who was on a motorcycle patrol, tried to stop the car at the junction of Lock Yip Road and Jockey Club Road after suspecting it had been illegally modified. Lee initially appeared to be co-operating before he suddenly sped off, according to Superintendent Robert Highfield of the New Territories North traffic unit. Inspector Wong gave chase. Police said the car raced through two sets of red lights before it reached the junction of Ma Sik Road and Wo Tai Street. As it went through another red light in the Sheung Shui-bound lane of Ma Sik Road, it slammed into a taxi before mounting the central barrier. It then mowed down two sets of traffic lights and a lamppost before bursting into flames, according to a police spokesman. The car was well ablaze by the time Inspector Wong arrived. A female witness said that after the crash there was a fireball followed by two explosions which left dense smoke spewing from the vehicle. Police said the inspector tried to fight the blaze with an extinguisher but was forced back as the car exploded. Firefighters soon arrived and doused the flames in several minutes. They freed Lee from the wreckage but he was declared dead at North District Hospital. The female taxi driver was in a stable condition in North District Hospital with head and chest injuries. Police said Lee, younger brother of the car's owner, Lee Ka-lun, had been driving without a licence. The car had been found abandoned in Tai Po on September 12 during the anti-road-racing operation. Lee Ka-lun told police his vehicle had been stolen at the time, a claim officers are investigating.