SAN JOSE, Calif. (KTVU) - A driver who told authorities he had been using meth before leading police on a high-speed chase through the South Bay is suspected of crashing into a minivan and killing the driver and injuring his male passenger, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The 100 mph chase was reported about 3:15 a.m. on Monday, when CHP officers noticed a BMW 325I driving erratically near the 101-280 interchange in San Jose, according to Officer Ross Lee.
Officers chased the BMW until it ran a red light off highway 101 at Yerba Buena Road -- and hit the minivan. The driver died, and his passenger was hospitalized in critical condition.
The BMW driver, identified as Alexander Zumini, 28, was arrested, and his passenger might be arrested as well, Lee said.
Zumini had a felony warrant out for his arrest and didn't want to go to jail, Lee added. Officers said he is a parolee at large, with charges that include narcotics and gang enhancements. Officers also said he was involved in a felony evading case, which was a hit-and-run in 2012.
Zumini was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence, felony evading police causing injury, felony hit and run, gross vehicular manslaughter, possession for sale of methamphetamine and a parole violation, according to the CHP.