LAGUNA BEACH (CBS) — Authorities say that a man fleeing from a California Highway Patrol at more than 100 mph Monday died when the stolen vehicle he was driving crashed into a tree.

The officer began chasing the 2008 Scion xB after trying to stop it at about 2:15 a.m. on the southbound San Diego (405) Freeway at Jamboree Road in Irvine, according to the CHP.

The chase went onto the southbound SR133 and continued for several miles at speeds as high as 100 mph.

The Scion crashed near Forest Avenue, where the driver was pronounced dead.

Late Monday, the deceased was identified as Benjamin Davis of Huntingon Beach. He turned 31 on March 19.

The Scion had been reported stolen, according to the CHP.

Traffic in the area was backed up for miles later in the morning as authorities investigated the crash.

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Comments (14)
  1. FMc says:

    Finally the right guy, the guilty one died in this crash. Usually they take the cops or innocent people with them. However life in a wheelchair would be better for this low-life…

  2. Julie Asperger says:

    S0 Darrwin was right

  3. richie kotzen says:

    ha ha.. rooney..good one..

  4. c says:

    Ed Rooney for president…

  5. Duh! says:

    Let me guess, the tree jumped out in front of him.
    The family should sue the tree for not looking both ways before crossing the street.

    If you’re going to lead the police on a high speed chase, at least know how to drive.

  6. jeff says:

    I didn’t know a scion could go 100 MPH.

  7. JOSE JIMENEZ says:

    it sounds like suspect was a SPIC ROACH a SUB HUMAN ANIMAL

    1. Ralieen Morales says:

      Yea Just like your Mother

  8. maria says:

    wow u all have some pretty nasty things to comment about this i dont think jesus would think this

  9. bendavissucked says:

    Good riddance, the trash has been taken out. This idiot (nicknamed bird?) was a felon/convict/junkie and a member of the aryan brotherhood.

    1. brent says:

      Ben Davis was a white american hero, r.i.p. brother we’ll miss you.
      as for any lame punk talkin bad about bird, my names brent aka blue find me and say 1 negative word to my face and ill peel off yours. 1488

  10. bendavisdidnotsuck says:

    Ben did not suck at all, and who the hell are you anyway?

  11. bendavissucked says:

    He was a waste of skin and a deadbeat father. Trailer trash shouldn’t be reproducing. Glad he’s gone.

  12. T says:

    maybe all you that have noting but mean and hateful things to say about Ben are the real haters. you only say the things your saying because your all jealous of Ben. He was a truly beautiful man inside and out. I fell in love with him the very first time I met him. I amgoing to miss Ben for a very long time. Love you Ben

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