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Man dies after drinking cyanide during freeway chase, police say

Man dies after drinking cyanide during freeway chase, police say Man dies after drinking cyanide during freeway chase, police say
Theresa Hayes | 22 February, 2018, 10:23

The California Highway Patrol told Viel they found that the suspect had fatally poisoned himself.

Officer Kevin Denharder says the man, a Camarillo resident in his 30s, was found dead Wednesday morning after his auto crashed into the centre median of Interstate 101 in Ventura.

Police have identified a rape suspect who poisoned himself during a California freeway chase.

A man suspected of rape led police on a auto chase in Ventura County on Wednesday morning, then killed himself by ingesting poison before he could be apprehended, authorities said.

Los Angeles police contacted CHP about 7:30 a.m. regarding the suspect and asked the agency to follow him in his Nissan Versa.

Denharder says it was determined the man had taken a mixture of salt and potassium cyanide. He then began to drift left, across all lanes of traffic, before crashing into the center divider, the news release said.

After a pursuit ended Wednesday morning on northbound Highway 101 in Ventura, freeway was shut down, California Highway Patrol officials said.

Television news footage showed a Nissan Versa stopped against a barrier surrounded by fire and police vehicles, including an armored SWAT truck.

The suspect was seen motionless outside his vehicle, with the passenger-side glass shattered, according to KABC.

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles police, Officer Rosario Herrera, told the Times that the suspect was wanted for a sexual assault that occurred in early January. It wasn't clear what kind of substance he ingested and details of the rape case in which he was being sought weren't immediately available.