Driver fleeing CHP crashes into warplane and dies
March 31, 2016
A driver fleeing CHP officers rammed through a gate at a Central Valley naval base and crashed into a fighter jet. The crash killed both the male driver and a female passenger. [ABC News]
Late Wednesday, a CHP officer stopped to check on a Jeep Grand Cherokee that was parked on the roadside. The driver then sped off, and a high-speed chase began.
At one point, the Jeep was heading the wrong way on the highway. The driver then left Highway 198 and crashed through a gate at Naval Air Station Lemoore, which is located along the border of Kern and Fresno counties.
The chase ended when the driver crashed into an FA-18E Super Hornet. The fighter jet was parked about seven miles inside the base.
Authorities say the passenger died at the scene, and the driver died at the hospital. Investigators do not believe the Navy base was an intended target.
Officials are inspecting the plane and have not detailed the damage. The Jeep collided with the jet’s horizontal stabilizer.
In all, the chase lasted about 15 minutes.