Prison guard from Atascadero dies in high-speed chase in San Benito County

David John Calmere, 41, crashed while fleeing police north of Salinas

jhickey@thetribunenews.comJuly 17, 2013 

A prison guard from Atascadero died last week during a high-speed chase while fleeing from police in San Benito County.

The San Benito County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the man was David John Calmere, 41.

He worked at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirmed.

CHP officers first attempted to pull over Calmere at 12:34 a.m. Friday, July 12, when they spotted him speeding through a construction zone in the Prunedale Improvement Project area of Highway 101, CHP Officer Robert Lehman said.

But Calmere fled and continued north on Highway 101 in his Toyota Tundra.

The six-mile chase was over in about four minutes, when Calmere lost control of his truck and it struck both the right and left guard rails before rolling over. He was ejected and died at the scene, Lehman said.

The accident took place on Highway 101 south of Cannon Road, which is north of Salinas and south of Gilroy.

Northbound lanes of Highway 101 were not fully reopened until 6 a.m. Friday.

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