55 Year Old Penn Valley Man Dies and Injures Others in High Speed Chase on I-80

Soda Springs, CA…On May 13th at approximately 1:30pm, CHP dispatch began to receive call of a reckless driver at a high rate of speed and passing on the shoulderer from I-80 eastbound at Dutch Flat. CHP Gold Run Area unit 70-D3 responded and obtained a visual of the suspect vehicle a 1989 BMW 3 series convertible at a high rate of speed and using the construction closure to pass vehicles. The CHP officer activated his red emergency lights in order to conduct a traffic stop of the vehicle, at which time the suspect vehicle failed to yield and accelerated to speeds in excess of 100 mph.

The pursuit continued eastbound into the Truckee CHP area where additional officers entered the pursuit. The CHP continued to pursue the fleeing vehicle eastbound over Donner Summit. As the pursuit continued the fleeing BMW spontaneously exited at Donner Pass Road then drove aver the over-crossing and re-entered 1-80 westbound. CHP continued to pursue the fleeing suspect back over Donner Summit. As the fleeing suspect approached Soda Springs in excess of 100 mph he entered a coned off #1 lane closure where the California Conservation Corps were working. For reasons related to construction vehicles and workers within the closure, the fleeing suspect made an aggressive turning movement to the right in order to exit the coned closure. The suspect then lost control of the BMW. The BMW began to rotate back across the roadway to the left where it collided with a dirt embankment and overturned several times. As the BMW overturned it struck two CCC workers as they attempted to get out of the way. As a result of the collision the BMW driver was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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