PIONEER, Calif. (KTXL) — A man died in Pioneer after crashing his truck while attempting to flee from authorities Friday night, according to the Amador County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s officials said they were notified about a suspicious man in the Overland Drive area around 6:47 p.m.
The caller said the man was last seen trying to steal a vehicle from their property and thought the man would try another theft.
The caller gave a description of the man and his vehicle, a yellow Chevrolet pick-up truck, according to deputies.
Deputies came to investigate but the pick-up truck wasn’t located until 7:23 p.m.
An Amador County Sheriff’s deputy saw that the pick-up truck had an expired registration and tried to pull the driver over.
The deputy said the driver sped away instead of stopping.
The deputy chased the pick-up truck for about three minutes before the truck crossed the double-yellow lines into oncoming traffic.
The deputy said the driver looked like he overcorrected when attempting to dodge traffic and went off the roadway and crashed into a power pole.
The man’s truck was then “instantly engulfed in flames,” according to the release.
Sheriff’s officials said the flames started a vegetation fire in the tree line but fire crews were able to put out the blaze around 7:37 p.m.
The man was found dead inside the pick-up truck once the fire was put out.
No additional information about the man was released.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
This story is developing.