Minor violation led to fatal police chase
January 2, 2015
A New Year’s Eve police chase, which ended with the accidental death of the suspect, stemmed from the man running a red light, according to the Santa Maria Police Department.
Officers attempted to stop the suspect after he drove through a red light on Betteravia Road around 10:30 p.m. The driver then entered Highway 101 North and reached speeds of 100 mph while fleeing police.
Police called off the chase at Donovan Road because the suspect was reaching speeds of up to 100 mph, but the driver crashed his red Cadillac into a fence while exiting the highway at the Broadway off ramp. The man then left his vehicle, fled across the highway by foot, climbed over the center divider and ran into southbound lanes.
At least three oncoming vehicles struck the fleeing suspect, killing him.
Police have not yet released the name of the man who died.