Ventura chase suspect dies after apparent poisoning, California Highway Patrol says

Rape suspect drinks poison and dies during freeway chase in Ventura County CHP says

The auto came to a stop on the center divide of the 101 Highway in Ventura, at which point officers closed in on the vehicle, CBS reports.

The LAPD asked the California Highway Patrol for help. They found the vehicle on northbound Highway 101 north of Oxnard Boulevard and attempted to pull the auto over.

The northbound side of U.S. Highway 101 near the Seaward Avenue exit has been shut down while police investigate a crime scene following a high-speed chase. The substance that the suspect ingested was tested by the Ventura Fire Department's Hazmat team and determined to be a mixture of sodium chloride and potassium cyanide, Terry said.

The California Highway Patrol says a rape suspect who killed himself during a freeway chase drank cyanide. The vehicle came to a stop in the center median, though CHP officers told KABC it's unclear if the suspect crashed of stopped the vehicle on his own.

About 7:30 a.m., Los Angeles police told the California Highway Patrol that undercover officers were pursuing a rape suspect who was driving a black Nissan Versa, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Authorities said earlier on in the chase shots were fired, but said they weren't fired at the time Hanks drank the poison.

Officers found the man dead inside the auto from an apparent self-inflicted poisoning, Denharder said. Officers said the man began driving erratically before slumping over into the passenger side of the auto and eventually coming to a stop in the middle of the northbound 101 Freeway just south of Seaward Avenue in Ventura. A firefighter wore a gas mask during an initial inspection of the suspect's vehicle.

CHP said United States 101 North will remain closed down while the Los Angeles Police Department investigates.