Sheriff’s Office: Man dies in truck fire while evading authorities in Amador County

Local News

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.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Don't miss

Latest News

More News