Two are dead after a Jeep Cherokee pursued by law enforcement crashed through a gate at Lemoore Naval Air Station and slammed into an FA-18E fighter jet Wednesday night.
According to authorities at the base, the male driver of the SUV and female passenger were killed.
At a news conference Thursday morning, base authorities said the Jeep crashed through an “entry control point.” The two were not affiliated with the base, authorities said.
The pursuit began in Kings County when the California Highway Patrol investigated a vehicle stopped alongside the road on Highway 41 and Jackson Avenue. The vehicle sped away and began to weave, CHP Lt. Dave Knoff said.
“We don’t know why they were running,” Knoff said.
The pursuit was called off temporarily when the driver began going against traffic on Highway 198, authorities said, but was picked up later on the same highway.
About 11:30 p.m., the Jeep went through the gate and onto the base. Naval security forces pick up the pursuit while a CHP helicopter tracked the vehicle.