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Video: CHP Chase Ends in Fatal Crash into a Military Jet

April 01, 2016  | 

VIDEO: CHP Chase Ends in Fatal Crash into a Military Jet

Two people were killed after a car collided into a military jet parked inside Lemoore Naval Air Station in California. The investigation now focuses on what happened outside the base gates that led to the deadly ending. Both have arrest warrants from out of the bay area and the driver had been arrested before in Kings County, CA, reports KFSN.

Somehow, the driver of a Jeep Grand Cherokee being pursued by the California Highway Patrol managed to get inside Naval Air Station Lemoore, before he crashed into the tail end of an F/A-18 jet, said officials with Naval Air Station Lemoore and the California Highway Patrol during a briefing on the incident.

The female passenger died at the scene, and the driver later died at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. The Kings County Sheriff's Coroner Division identified the two as 29-year-old Anthony Raymond Castillo from Campbell, CA, and 36-year-old Melissa Marie Miller from San Jose, CA, reports KFSN.

"The pursuit was probably approximately, maybe, four minutes. It wasn't very long. It went along the public access road here at the base after the vehicle was traveling in the wrong direction. After it passed the checkpoint, our units stopped at the checkpoint to coordinate with Naval security forces at that time," Lt. Dave Knoff, CHP

It's unclear how fast he was driving near the entry control point on the west side of the base, but at one point during the pursuit speeds reached 100-miles-per-hour.

The investigation into how the driver cleared the control point is still underway, but base commander Captain Monty Ashliman said NAS Lemoore is fully operational and safe.

Comments (5)

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Tom Ret @ 4/2/2016 6:16 AM

Is this a case of poor security at the base? If the goofball trying to get away from the cops can damage a jet how about determined terrorists next time.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/2/2016 8:28 PM

Agreed, the MPs should have stopped him at the gate, even if it meant shooting the tires out. I'll be interested in hearing the whole story.

kevCopAz @ 4/3/2016 7:34 AM

I also agree, there should be a top to bottom check of the security procedures at our bases! The cost alone for the damage to an F-18 should be the reason let alone security itself!.

Irv @ 7/5/2016 5:50 PM

Shooting the tires out only works in the movies. I think California Highway Patrol will agree with that. If you want to take out the tires there should have been a lever that the MP's could have pulled to bring up the metal claws that would destroy the tires. Even that doesn't stop the car though.

Irv @ 7/5/2016 5:52 PM

If you miss the tires there's a thing called ricochet. Shooting out the tires the dumb idea.

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