One dead in El Sobrante rollover crash that followed police pursuit

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A man is dead after a vehicle involved in a police pursuit crashed in El Sobrante early today, police said.

Now, police are trying to determine whether the deceased man was the driver or a passenger in the crashed vehicle.

The incident unfolded about 12:22 a.m. when a San Pablo police officer saw the vehicle, a green 1997 Nissan Altima, speeding eastbound on San Pablo Dam Road, police said. The driver failed to yield to a traffic stop, leading to a pursuit at 90 miles per hour. After about .7 miles and 30 seconds, the officer terminated the pursuit, deeming it unsafe, police said.

But then at 12:33 a.m., the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office notified San Pablo police about a rollover collision involving the Nissan in the 5000 block of Appian Way.

A 29-year-old Richmond resident, who has not yet been identified, was found deceased lying outside the Nissan, police said. No other occupants were found inside the vehicle or in the immediate ever, but it is not yet clear if the deceased man was the driver or passenger of the Nissan, police said.

Police noted the man was “confirmed to have multiple outstanding warrants for domestic violence and weapons violations.”

Per County protocol, the San Pablo Police Department is jointly investigating the incident with the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office, with assistance from the California Highway Patrol and Sheriff’s Office.

The roadway remained closed today as investigators process the scene for evidence.

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact the San Pablo Police
Department at (510) 215-3150.