Alleged Rapist Takes Fatal Dose of Poison, Abruptly Ending Police Chase in Ventura

A suspected rapist, who took police in Ventura, California on a six-mile car chase, ended up crashing his vehicle on Highway 101 and killing himself after taking some kind of poison.

An alleged rapist involved in a car chase with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) fatally poisoned himself on Wednesday morning while behind the wheel. Officers found the unnamed man dead in his vehicle on the 101 Freeway in Ventura.

The drama unfolded at around 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning after CHP received a call from an undercover LAPD unit warning them to keep a lookout for a suspected rapist the LAPD was investigating.

LAPD gave Ventura CHP a detailed description of the car and roughly five minutes later, the suspect was seen driving near Oxnard. Officers tried to pull the 35-year-old driver over but he sped away.

Police gave chase for about six miles. According to CHP Officer Kevin Denharder, the car eventually drove onto the right shoulder of Highway 101 near Seaward Avenue in Ventura, then drifted across all northbound lanes and crashed into the center median.

At around 9:45 a.m., police officers surrounded the vehicle, thinking the slumped over suspect had been shot, but then officers confirmed that no shots had been fired by either CHP or the suspect. Instead, officers believe he fatally ingested some kind of poison. The suspect has not yet been identified.

“It appears that he poisoned himself somehow,” Denharder said of the suspect.

Officers closed all but one lane during the investigation near Oxnard, which is about 60 miles west of downtown Los Angeles.