Tahoe man dies during Southern California chase in stolen vehicle
A 24-year-old man from South Lake Tahoe fatally shot himself in Southern California on Sunday, two days after he stole his ex-girlfriend’s 1999 Isuzu Rodeo in South Lake Tahoe that he used during a chase, authorities said.
Joshua Breckenridge died Sunday after leading California Highway Patrol officers on a chase when authorities discovered he was an “armed and dangerous suspect from Lake Tahoe,” according to the CHP in Oceanside.
Breckenridge shot himself in the head with a handgun while being pursued by three California Highway Patrol officers and an Escondido police officer, authorities said.
The Isuzu continued for about a mile after Breckenridge shot himself, eventually colliding with a 2006 Ford Mustang. The driver of the Mustang was not injured. Breckenridge died at Sharps Memorial Hospital from the gunshot.
Breckenridge was apparently upset at his ex-girlfriend, who recently severed ties with him, South Lake Tahoe Police Lt. Martin Hewlett said. Breckenridge reportedly went to the woman’s house at the 1880 block of Genevieve Court during the morning hours of Aug. 25, waking the woman by standing in her room and becoming “somewhat belligerent” by calling her names and yelling at her, Hewlett said.
The woman fell back to sleep but awoke to find her Isuzu missing, Hewlett said.
She reported the stolen car to police, identifying Breckenridge as a suspect and saying he had access to a handgun, Hewlett said.
A bulletin went out to authorities in the surrounding area after it was learned Breckenridge might have been heading to Reno, Hewlett said.
Breckenridge had encounters with the South Lake Tahoe Police department before the August incident.
In May he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and earlier in the year he was contacted twice by authorities regarding domestic violence but was not arrested, Hewlett said.