CALIFORNIA MAN FLEES POLICE, FLIES MERCEDES ACROSS SAN JOAQUIN RIVER, DIES ON LANDING
Now I have to visit this site at the San Joaquin river! So high speed chases can be really, really dangerous. I don’t know if you’ve ever fled from the police. But most who’ve tried, fail miserably. And miserably can also mean deadly. So that was certainly true for the 58-year-old David Callahan, from Fresno, California. He was driving his Mercedes this week and swerved, nearly hitting a Fresno police cruiser. So obviously police began pursuing him. I don’t know what could be more suspicious to police on patrol, do you? So at first the police chase wasn’t really high speed. He stayed at about 30-40 miles per hour for roughly five miles. But then he suddenly accelerated. For some reason, police called off their pursuit. Callahan then proceeded to jump his car, or fly his car, across the San Joaquin River. While he made it all the way across, he died on the brutal landing.
LANDING IN A CAR THROUGH TREES AT OVER 100 MPH WILL KILL ANYONE
So when Callahan suddenly accelerated, police say he went over 100 mph, driving North on Dickenson Avenue. This is a long, straight two lane road that runs through farm fields west of Fresno proper. But the Dickenson Avenue then turns 90 degrees to the right as it hits the San Joaquin river. But Callahan kept going straight, flying his car across to his death. The landing was anything but gentle at that speed. His car cut off the tops of trees on the other side as it fell to the earth. Somehow, it landed on its wheels and continued on for over 80 feet. While Callahan was wearing a seatbelt, he died of his injuries at the scene.
RIVER JUMPING DEAD MAN HAD A HISTORY OF DRUGS, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Police found no controlled substances in the car or on Callahan. But they’re certain he was under the influence of something. He did, after all, fly his Mercedes across the San Joaquin river. But Callahan also has a bit of a record. A court convicted him of domestic violence as well as resisting arrest 16 years ago. Monterey County has also charged him with three other felonies and two misdemeanors since. This past July, police responded to his home when police told them he pushed her and was using drugs.
Regardless, Callahan should not have believed the Dukes of Hazzard. He should have watched Hooper, instead. Because it’s the landing that kills you. Even a narrow little river like the San Joaquin.