Rape Suspect Dies After Drinking Poison During Police Car Chase

Isaac Cain
February 24, 2018

"It appears that he poisoned himself somehow", Denharder said.

The LAPD asked the California Highway Patrol for help.

Officers said they saw Hanks drink something out of a can and slump over the wheel before he lost control of his vehicle. The suspect was seen motionless outside of the vehicle before the coroner removed the body from the scene.

After about six miles, the auto crossed lanes and struck a center divider on Interstate 101 in Ventura.

The 33-year-old man, who has no been identified, was pronounced dead shortly before 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21, after a police chase that ended with his vehicle stopping near the center strip of the 101 Freeway in Ventura County, said California Highway Patrol (CHP) spokesperson Officer Kevin Denharder, reported the Los Angeles Times.

Ninette Toosbuy, a sex crimes detective supervisor with the Los Angeles Police Department, told the Ventura County Star that Hanks had no criminal record before the sexual assault investigation, but there was physical evidence supporting a mother's claims that he had lured the girl to a Los Angeles motel via Snapchat and raped her on February 4.

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The suspect in a police pursuit Wednesday morning on northbound Highway 101 in Ventura has reportedly killed himself, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Authorities said earlier on in the chase shots were fired, but said they weren't fired at the time Hanks drank the poison.

The CHP pursued the man into Ventura, where he drove toward the right shoulder just north of Seaward Avenue and then veered across all three lanes of the highway before hitting the center divider, KTLA reported.

CHP said USA 101 North will remain closed down while the Los Angeles Police Department investigates.

No officers were reportedly injured.

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