LANCASTER – A man allegedly stole a California Highway Patrol vehicle Tuesday and led officers on a chase that ended when he jumped from the speeding cruiser in the Lancaster area, suffering fatal injuries.
According to the CHP, at around 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, officers responded to reports of a red Toyota Corolla being driven recklessly on the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway. The driver subsequently crashed the vehicle on the freeway just north of state Route 126, according to a statement from the CHP.
A CHP officer arrived at the scene to investigate, and during that investigation, the Corolla driver jumped into the officer’s cruiser and fled the scene, according to the CHP.
Officers began chasing the suspect north on the freeway near Hasley Canyon Road, continuing onto state Route 138 in the Antelope Valley. At some point, the suspect struck a spike strip, which would up flattening one of the rear tires, causing the suspect to being losing control of the speeding vehicle.
The suspect then opened the driver’s side door of the cruiser and jumped from the moving vehicle, slamming his head on the pavement and skidding along the freeway. Media crews tracking the chase from above reported the car was going roughly 70 mph when the man jumped.
The patrol car then crashed into a power pole and came to rest in a grassy area next to the highway. An officer could be seen performing chest compressions on the suspect after the crash.
Paramedics were sent to the scene on SR 138 near 90th Street West at about 12:30 p.m., and the man was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, according to the CHP.
The suspect’s name was not immediately released, pending notification of relatives.
13 comments for "Man allegedly steals CHP vehicle, leaps from speeding cruiser"
Clair Mccloud says
Who is this man?? Does anyone know his identity yet??
1st, he didn’t jump off on the freeway and 2nd, he was going around 45 mph.
“allegedly” stole? Really?
Does the AV times proof read their articles anymore?
John Wick says
Good, one less person to worry about :)
FAILING TO STOP THE CHP CRUISER WITH THE SPIKE STRIPS –
A BUZZER UNDER THE DRIVER’S SEAT WAS REMOTELY ACTIVATED –
AND THE RESULTS ARE WHAT WE SEE…
I was laughing that they kept saying 70 pmh when it was actually 45 mph
Ledesma 99 says
He must be Hercules. The aerodynamic drag against the door of a speeding vehicle is enormous.
Tim Scott says
True, but if you crack the door open before you let off the gas the momentum of the door as the car slows will help push it open.
when are y’all going to put the power back on in antelope acres? we need power back on so we can cook and be able to see. this is very dangerous. and y’all just sitting out there instead of putting the new tower
That’s why you tuck and roll. This guy jumped out of the door like he was walking into an interview
Kevin R S says
Tuck and roll isn’t likely to do much good at 70 mph
Kevin R S says
Actually 70 mph is the equivalent of falling from over 160 ft high, which is another way to see why it’s hard to survive. Sure going parallel to the road, but it’s still like falling 160 ft off a cliff then coming into contact with the face