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Hesperia man struck, killed by sheriff’s vehicle while chasing down his own stolen car

By in Press Enterprise on October 25, 2017

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

Sheriff’s investigators say a man was accidentally killed when a deputy’s vehicle hit an oil slick sending the vehicle into the 18-year-old early Wednesday morning.

Around 12:30 a.m. Patrick Chambers and a friend were chasing after a person who had reportedly just stolen Chambers’ vehicle from the Hesperia eatery and bar, Hidden Tavern, in the 12700 block of Main Street where he worked as a chef, according to the San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials and Chambers’ sister-in-law, Brittney Chambers.

Deputies had already been alerted to the stolen vehicle when the 18-year-old got into the friend’s Camaro and they began following the driver, officials said.

The man driving Chambers’ vehicle lost control at some point during the pursuit, a sheriff’s news release said. Chambers’ friend pulled his Camaro over in the eastbound lanes of Main Street and ran after the fleeing driver. Chambers also got out of the Camaro, but remained near the vehicle, standing by the car’s open door.

“Unbeknownst to the responding deputy, the stolen vehicle had a mechanical malfunction causing the vehicle to deposit engine oil on the roadway for approximately 1,000 feet,” the release stated. “As the deputy attempted to stop near the Camaro, the patrol car slid and was unable to stop, hitting the passenger side of the Camaro and striking Patrick Chambers.”

Deputies called for paramedics and started CPR, but Chambers died at the scene.

Chambers’ friend was able to detain the suspected thief for deputies. The man was later identified as Jordan Lee Pence, 20, a Hesperia transient.

Chambers’ family was devastated to hear the news of the 18-year-old’s death.

“He was a great kid,” said Brittney Chambers, who is married to Chambers’ brother, in a social media exchange. “He graduated with top grades, he was a very hard worker at the Hidden Tavern as a chef. … He was such a […]    

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