Police chase car that ran red light, find dead man behind the wheel

Las Vegas police car illustration 
By: Shifra Unger 

This was not an ordinary police chase.

A police patrol car began to chase a car that ran a red light, but the car could not stop because the driver was already dead.

The police officer was in his patrol car in Central Valley, Las Vegas, when a Nissan Maxima ran through a red light.
The officer said the vehicle continued along Martin Luther King Boulevard, near Lake Mead Boulevard.

Homicide Lt. Ray Steiber said the officer closely followed the car with his patrol vehicle. The car crossed the median, through opposite traffic lanes and scrub land.

The car then swerved back into Martin Luther King to the south in the northbound lanes when it hit another vehicle.

When the car finally stopped, the officer saw a man, who was shot several times, settled into the driver's seat.
The unidentified man, who seemed to be in his 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was injured.

The car had bullet holes in the driver’s side, Lieutenant Steiber said.

He said the man who was shot, must have had one foot on the accelerator, and that the police chase lasted between 10 and 15 seconds after the car drove through the intersection.

"We want to know what happened," said Lt. Steiber. "We do not know how long he had been unconscious. We do not know how long before this incident he was shot," he said.

The lieutenant said police received 911 calls of shots fired just before the officer saw the Maxima.