NIPTON, Calif. (VVNG.com) A 49-year-old wanted fugitive out of Illinois was killed following a high-speed pursuit on the I-15 freeway Thursday evening.
On April 20, 2017, at about 4:30 p.m. federal marshals from Illinois received information from security at the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas, NV, that a wanted adult male fugitive, from Springfield, Illinois was playing in a poker tournament at the casino.
“The fugitive cut off his ankle monitor and was considered to be armed and dangerous,” stated a CHP press release.
As the fugitive was leaving the casino in Las Vegas, federal marshals had visual of him and a short pursuit ensued, however, the marshals lost him.
The fugitive’s girlfriend contacted him and found out he was at Whiskey Pete’s Casino at Stateline. The federal marshals from Las Vegas Nevada responded to Whiskey Pete’s and attempted to contact the fugitive.
At approximately 7:35 p.m. the fugitive fled Stateline and another pursuit ensued initiated by Nevada Highway Patrol and Las Vegas Metro which entered California on southbound I-15.
At 7:41 pm Barstow Area CHP units took over the pursuit at I-15 and Nipton Road, which reached speeds of 100-mph. CHP units got into position and set up spike strips south of Afton Road.
At approximately 8:17 pm the fleeing fugitive exited I-15 at Afton Canyon Road at a high rate of speed and lost control of his vehicle.
The vehicle overturned and he was ejected with the vehicle landing on top of him. Paramedics responded and pronounced him dead at the scene.
When next of kin has been notified, his name will be released.
It is unknown if alcohol and/or drugs are a contributing factor in this incident. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.