Chase suspect dies of apparent poisoning on 101 Freeway in Ventura

Marlene Weaver
February 24, 2018

According to Denharder, officers later discovered a liquid in the man's vehicle, and determined he had died from "self-inflicted poisoning".

A motorist who led CHP officers on a pursuit in Ventura County was found dead in his vehicle on the 101 Freeway in Ventura Wednesday morning, apparently after ingesting some type of poison, the California Highway Patrol said.

The man was pronounced dead just before 8 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Times.

The suspect in a police pursuit Wednesday morning on northbound Highway 101 in Ventura has reportedly killed himself, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officers found the man dead inside the auto from an apparent self-inflicted poisoning, Denharder said.

Officers chased the Versa onto the northbound 101, where it crossed all lanes of the freeway near Seaward Avenue and came to a stop against the center divider about 8:30 a.m. Officers then found the man dead in the vehicle, said CHP Officer Kevin Denharder. Police say it is unclear at this time whether the suspect crashed into the center median or if the vehicle came to a stop on its own, but if he hit the median, it was not at a great speed.

The city of Ventura Fire Department also responded to the scene. The passenger-side glass was shattered by officers who removed the suspect from the auto.

Both sides of the 101 Freeway were initially shut down between Sanjon Road to Seaward Avenue, but some lanes have since reopened, KABC reported.

As of 11:20 a.m. the two left lanes of the northbound side of the freeway were closed as the investigation continues. The onramp was closed for almost seven hours to remove the semitrailer.

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