Man fleeing officer dies in car accident |

Man fleeing officer dies in car accident

ROSEVILLE – A motorist wanted on a Nevada County arrest warrant died Monday after fleeing Roseville police officer by speeding into the fog, going off the road and landing upside down in a swamp, officials said.

John P. Harrison, 31, was wanted on a no-bail warrant issued in November for possession of a controlled substance, Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal said Tuesday.

Roseville police declined to provide further information about Harrison.

He was stopped by an officer early Monday morning for having a defective rear license plate light but sped away when the officer asked to see identification, police said.

The officer ran to his car, activated his lights and siren and notified his supervisor, said Dee Dee Gunther, a police spokeswoman.

”By this time, the officer estimated the fleeing vehicle was at least a half-mile away,” Gunther said.

Because of the thick fog and safety concerns, the supervisor advised the officer not to pursue, Gunther said.

At 9 a.m., police got a call about an overturned car in a floodplain basin, two miles east of where the motorist fled the officer.

Emergency units found the motorist dead inside the car, which was in water about 2 feet deep.

The car was 244 feet from where it left the road, and it appeared to have sailed more than 100 feet through the air, said police Lt. Stan Lumsden.

Police believe that the driver failed to see a curving roadway because of the fog and that his car went straight into the marsh.

– The Associated Press

and The Union staff

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