Caught on Video: High-Speed Chase Through IE Ends in Dramatic Crash

Video of the March 26 pursuit was released this week and shows a patrol car sending the suspect's vehicle into a tail spin to end a high-speed chase.

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    Still image from a dash-mounted camera during a high-speed chase through Temecula and Wildomar in March 2012.

    A wild high-speed chase in the Inland Empire that started with a failed Taser attempt and ended in a dramatic patrol car crash was caught on video released this week.

    The March 26 pursuit started in Temecula after passing drivers reported a shirtless man with a pickax digging a hole in the grassy center median of Interstate 15, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise, which obtained the dash-cam video through a public records request.

    Callers also reported seeing the man riding a skateboard on a concrete diver and on the top of his parked red Honda Civic, the news outlet reported.

    California Highway Patrol officers said the driver, 24-year-old Thomas Robert Landry, appeared to be under the influence of drugs.

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    The video (embedded below) shows a failed attempt to Taser the San Diego man, who then drives off into morning traffic with the hood of his car open.

    The driver led CHP on a high-speed chase to Wildomar, where officers rammed the back of the vehicle, sending it into a tail spin. It landed backwards on a sidewalk in what appeared to be a residential area.

    Landry pleaded guilty in August to evading and obstructing an officer, the Press-Enterprise reported. He was sentenced to three years’ probation, time served and ordered to enroll in a mental health treatment program.

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