NORTH HIGHLANDS, CA - A short pursuit involving Sacramento County sheriff's deputies and a stolen car ended Friday morning when the driver crashed into a tree and died on the grounds of Larchmont Elementary School.
Deputies were closing in on the stolen car in North Highlands when the driver lost control at Dewar Way and Don Julio Boulevard, said Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Tim Curran.
Curran said the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. He said the man was a 27-year-old parolee at large and a validated gang member who was on parole for vehicle theft.
The crash happened around 10:40 a.m. and Curran says the man was driving the wrong way on both Watt Avenue and Don Julio Boulevard and also driving at speeds of around 85 miles an hour.
No students on the campus were injured but Curran added if the car didn't hit the tree, some children could have been struck.