Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said the California Highway Patrol was involved in the pursuit; the CHP was only investigating the crash.
The 32-year-old man killed when he crashed his car in a high-speed chase that ended in Santa Margarita early Thursday morning was facing sentencing for a felony drug conviction.
Jeffrey Douglas Filipponi of Santa Margarita was due to be sentenced May 2, according to authorities. Filipponi is the son of prominent businessman, Doug Filipponi, who is a part owner of the historic Santa Margarita Ranch.
The fatal car chase began about 4 a.m. when Pismo Beach Police Department officers tried to pull over Filipponi in his 1999 Acura Integra in a northbound lane of Highway 101 just north of the Spyglass Inn in Shell Beach, according to Officer J.W. Townsen, spokesman with the CHP.
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It was unknown what prompted the pursuit, which wound through the streets of San Luis Obispo before returning to Highway 101.
According to San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Rob Bryn, there were times when Filipponi turned off his car’s headlights in an attempt to elude pursuing officers.
Filipponi — who was the only person in the car — subsequently took the Highway 58 exit into Santa Margarita at a high rate of speed and overturned, causing injuries that led to his death, according to authorities.
He crashed near the park-and-ride parking lot on the south side of Highway 58, Townsen said.
Filipponi was wearing a seatbelt, according to the CHP, and it’s not yet known how fast he was driving when he crashed.
An autopsy and toxicological results are pending.
Tribune staff writer Cynthia Lambert contributed to this report.