VALLEJO – The Solano County Major Crimes Task Force (SCMCTF) is currently investigating a fatal solo-vehicle collision following a police pursuit. Just after 6:00 a.m. on April 3, 2021, Vallejo police officers responded to a call from a concerned community member who reported seeing a man slumped over the wheel of an idling car that was parked in the area of Redwood Street and Chenin Blanc Place.
Officers approached the vehicle, spoke with the man and identified themselves. The 32-year-old Contra Costa County man, whose name is not being released until family is notified, drove off and fled from officers at a high rate of speed. The officers began pursuing the car, which reached an estimated speed of over 85 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone on Columbus Parkway.
During the pursuit, officers remained 30-to-50 yards behind the car, after getting closer at one point. The pursuit lasted less than one minute and covered just over a mile in distance before ending when the suspect’s car hit a tree. The officers quickly approached the vehicle, attempted to provide aid, but were unable to safely remove the man from the vehicle. Paramedics arrived and determined the man was deceased at the scene.
Further investigation revealed the man was a wanted parolee and was driving a stolen vehicle out of Walnut Creek.
The VPD initiated the Solano County Officer Involved Fatal Incident Protocol, handing the investigation over to the SCMCTF. The California Highway Patrol’s Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) is leading the collision investigation.