CHP Fatally Shoots Driver Fleeing From an Illegal Side Show

Written by Phillip Thomas on July 7, 2016
CHP Fatally Shoots Driver Fleeing From an Illegal Side Show

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that 19-year-old Pedro Villanueva was fatally shot by California Highway Patrol on the evening of Sunday, July 3, 2016 after Villanueva led police on a five mile chase through Fullerton, California.

The Fullerton Police Department has confirmed with HOT ROD that undercover CHP officers picked up on  Villanueva’s red Chevrolet Silverado at a side show in Los Angeles county as he fled the scene. The undercover officers had been monitoring the growing side show crowd, calling in marked units when the parking lot of spectator vehicles grew to nearly 80. This was a part of a larger operation by CHP’s Southern Division to disperse expected holiday street racing and side shows. CHP Lieutenant Charlie Sampson told the Los Angeles Times that Villanueva was traveling down side streets at speeds approaching 90 mph as the officers gave chase.

After following Villanueva for approximately five miles, CHP cornered him in a cul-de-sac on Gregory Avenue. Villanueva made a U-turn, and then sped head-on towards officers, who had stopped their cruisers to barricade the street. CHP opened fire on the pickup, striking Villanueva, and his passenger.

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The passenger was hit in the arm — he was treated and released at a local hospital. Villanueva succumbed to his injuries at the scene.