Stolen police car chase ends in tragedy in northern LA County

A high-speed police chase in California involving a stolen patrol car has resulted in the suspect's death after he jumped out of the moving vehicle.

A wild police chase in California ended tragically when a man suspected of stealing a police car and leading officers on a high-speed chase through the Antelope Valley jumped out of the moving vehicle, ultimately causing his own death.

The suspect was identified as John Figueroa Jr., 32 years old. He was rushed to the hospital but pronounced dead shortly after. During the chase, which reached speeds of 70 mph, one of the rear tires of the car went flat due to a spike strip, causing the suspect to struggle to control the vehicle.

He ultimately jumped out of the moving car, which then crashed into a light pole. The pursuit began after the suspect was involved in a two-car collision and then managed to steal the patrol car. The incident raises questions about the use of police chases and the safety of pursuing suspects.

While no officers were injured during the chase, it was discovered that several assault-type weapons were locked in the stolen patrol car. The patrol car is supposed to be locked with the engine running, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), but it is unclear how the suspect was able to gain access to the vehicle. The identity of the deceased suspect has not yet been released.

In light of this tragedy, it is important to remember that help is available for those struggling with mental health issues. The crisis help line is available 24/7 and can be reached at 1-800-273-8255. The Crisis Text Line is also available by texting HOME to 741-741, and both services are free and confidential.