A few golfers in Southern California received a bit of a scare Tuesday when a man drove his minivan through a golf course during a high-speed police chase. The man later crashed his car into a tree and was shot dead by police in a neighborhood nearly 30 minutes from the club.
The local affiliates in LA have video of the chase, which included the minivan driving along the cart path, going airborne over a hill and careening toward unsuspecting (and cellphone-wielding) golfers at Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona. Witnesses say the van was traveling up to 50 mph and left skid marks on the fairways and greens.
After the man somehow navigated through the course, he returned to the side streets where he smashed into a tree in a neighborhood in Perris. While attempting to flee on foot, the suspect was shot and killed by police. He was wanted for using a stolen credit card at Home Depot.
“He was all over the place!” said one witness, via the local CBS affiliate. “He was literally on the tees, he was in the bunkers, he was in the fairways, so obviously this guy was desperate to get away.”
Amazingly, this wasn't the only police chase on a golf course in California on Tuesday. According to a report by Palm Springs station KESQ, a man and woman were arrested by the California Highway Patrol (CHiPs) after a stolen truck pursuit ended in a lake at the ninth hole of Tahquitz Creek Golf Course.