October 22, 2014
A car jacking in Nevada City, California led to a high-speed chase through Truckee early Thursday morning and ended in the death of the suspect.
It all started at 3:30 a.m. Thursday when a man used a syringe and needle to carjack a taxi driver in Nevada City.
That man then drove off and Truckee police spotted him just after 4 a.m. on Interstate-80, heading east.
The California Highway Patrol then raced ahead of the carjacker and dropped a spike strip on the highway so they could poke holes in his tires.
"The suspect vehicle hit it perfectly about three-quarters-of-a-mile after hitting the spike strip," said CHP Officer Kirk Bromell. "The suspect vehicle collided with the retaining wall at the Union Mills bridge."
After colliding with the wall, the highway patrol says the man then either jumped or fell off the Union Mills Bridge, a drop of nearly 70 feet.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers only know that he is a white male in his thirties or forties but his name has not yet been released.
The carjacking victim is just fine.