TRUCKEE, Calif.—The California Highway Patrol is trying to determine why a 55-year-old Northern California man led officers on a high-speed, 50-mile chase in the Sierra Nevada that ended his life when he lost control of the BMW he was driving and crashed.
CHP Officer Pete Mann said Tuesday that William Orr of Penn Valley had 2.5 pounds of marijuana in the convertible that went airborne and struck two California Conservation Corps workers near Donner Summit on Monday afternoon.
Mann says investigators do not know if the weed is why Orr fled the officer who tried to pull him over for reckless driving. Orr did not have a warrant out for his arrest and he was not on parole.
The BMW reached speeds up to 100 miles per hour during the chase.