REDDING, Calif. - A suspected DUI driver in Redding died Saturday morning after apparently leading officers on a chase, fleeing on foot and then jumping off a bridge in an attempt to escape authorities, according to the Redding Police Department.
According to Redding police, an officer attempted to pull over a 1993 silver Jeep Cherokee that was allegedly swerving around Riverside Drive and Market Street just before 3 a.m.
The driver identified as Drew Michael Pereau, 27, of Redding then sped off and drove north on Court Stret and then onto the Diestelhorst Bridge.
Pereau then hit his car into a tree and a metal pole blocking the bridge, according to Redding police.
The suspect then fled on foot and jumped off a bridge in an attempt to escape.
Officers found moments later on the river trail under the bridge, not breathing.
Authorities then attempted CPR, but to no avail as Pereau died on scene.