Man dies after apparently poisoning himself during police chase

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There were initial reports of gunfire reported on the freeway but Officer Kevin Denharder, a CHP spokesman, said there was no evidence of gunshots from officers or the suspect.

A suspect in a police chase Wednesday in California killed himself, apparently by drinking poison, authorities say.

Undercover investigators were planning to serve an arrest warrant on Hanks at around 7:30 a.m. when they asked the California Highway Patrol for help in stopping his vehicle, Kuey said. They found the vehicle on northbound Highway 101 north of Oxnard Boulevard and attempted to pull the auto over.

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Police summoned the California Highway Patrol for help, and officers found him driving north on the 101 about 50 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

The suspect was described as a man who was being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department for his possible involvement in a rape, Denharder said. He then began to drift left, across all lanes of traffic, before crashing into the center divider, the news release said. Authorities did not immediately provide details about the alleged rape.

Both sides of the 101 Freeway were initially shut down between Sanjon Road to Seaward Avenue, but some lanes have since reopened, KABC reported. A chase then ensued, continuing for six miles, until the vehicle veered across all three left lanes and struck the center divider, reported CBS Los Angeles. It was unclear how long the lane closures would last. Several lanes of the 101 highway remained closed Wednesday morning.