A man has died after stealing a taxi, leading officers on a chase, then crashing into a police car.
Wednesday night, a man attempted to hire a taxi, but when the taxi driver was outside the vehicle loading the man’s items, he got behind the wheel and sped away. As he drove through Nevada City, falling debris from the taxi fell on a passerby.
A Nevada City Police officer tried to stop the taxi as it drove through downtown, but the suspect kept driving.
A second officer joined the chase. The suspect driving the taxi slammed into the back of the second patrol car, causing serious damage along State Route 20.
The officers were not injured, and approached the taxi to check on the suspect. They found the man was not wearing a seatbelt and was unresponsive, so they started emergency life-saving procedures.
A helicopter air ambulance and emergency medical aid was requested, however the man died at the scene.
Investigators are not sure why the man took off in the taxi, but they say it appears alcohol or drugs were a factor.