100-mph chase from San Jacinto to Perris ended in crash that injured 3
By Alex Groves
A 23-year-old man badly injured himself and two others Tuesday evening, June 11, when he crashed into a truck and two other vehicles during a high-speed chase that ran from the San Jacinto area to Perris, California Highway Patrol officials said.
Antonio Duque of Perris was hospitalized, as were both occupants of the truck.
Duque had not been booked into jail by Wednesday, but the CHP will be asking the District Attorney’s Office to charge him with reckless driving and failing to yield to an officer, Officer Darren Meyer said.
The CHP is still investigating whether alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash.
Just before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, a white Ford Crown Victoria going over 100 mph drove by CHP officers who were monitoring traffic near Bridge Street and Gilman Springs Road north of San Jacinto, according to a CHP news release.
The officers tried to stop the speeding car, then started to chase it as it drove east on Gilman Springs, south on Highway 79 and west on Ramona Expressway.
As the pursuit approached Ramona Expressway’s intersection with Bridge Street in the Lakeview area, officers from the CHP’s Gorgonio Pass station tried to notify the CHP Riverside-area station that the chase was coming their way.
“We had made radio contact with them to basically turn over the pursuit, but things happened so quickly they weren’t even able to get into position before the crash,” Meyer said.
The chase ended at the edge of Perris — near the Lake Perris Fairgrounds — when a Chevy truck towing a boat and driving south pulled into the intersection of Ramona Expressway and Lake Perris Drive at the same time as Duque’s westbound Crown Victoria.
The car hit the driver’s side of the truck. Two other vehicles stopped in the eastbound lane of the expressway also were struck after […]