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People v. Sanchez
California Court of Appeal
103 Cal. Rptr. 2d 809, 86 Cal. App. 4th 970 (2001)
A police officer saw Refugio Sanchez (defendant) run a stop sign and two red lights while driving. The police officer turned on his lights and sirens to stop Sanchez. Sanchez then began speeding and attempting to evade the officer. Sanchez drove between 85 and 100 miles per hour through residential streets and eventually lost control of his car while trying to make a sharp turn. The car hit a guardrail and flipped over. Sanchez had three passengers in the car, and one of the passengers died as a result of the crash. The State of California (plaintiff) charged Sanchez with several crimes, including second-degree murder, based on committing a felony violation of the California statute prohibiting evading a police officer in a vehicle. The trial court instructed the jury that Sanchez committed second-degree murder if he killed a human being during the commission or attempted commission of evading a peace officer, a felony inherently dangerous to human life. The jury convicted Sanchez, and he appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Scotland, J.)
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