It started as a mental health check. It ended with a guy driving off a cliff while police tried to save him.

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According to the Epoch times, a man in California last week has died while trying to evade police. Deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriffs department responded to a call that came in at 10:05am PST on Friday. The caller requested units to conduct a welfare check on a man who was apparently amid a mental health crisis.

A short time later, deputies and Azusa Police Department (APD) patrolman found a man matching the description the caller provided driving slowly on Azusa Avenue in the downtown section of the city.  Deputies located the subject and attempted a motor vehicle stop.

The driver neglected to pull over and began a low-speed pursuit with deputies going towards the Azusa Canyon according to APD spokesman Lt. Jake Bushey. The driver of the vehicle continued until he was about a mile from the canyon’s entrance before intentionally driving off the road and down an embankment that was estimated to be a 350 foot drop.

Deputies on scene contacted officials from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and they arrived on scene to begin a rescue operation.

Unfortunately, however, the man was pronounced dead on the scene. There has been no official word on what triggered the man to drive off the embankment, nor is there any word on why the phone call was made to police initiating the wellness check.

Azusa Police mentioned on their official Facebook page that Highway 39 remained closed as the scene was cleared but Glendora Mountain road remained open.
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