Man leads police on a high-speed chase that ends in a head-on crash

Daily Post Staff Writer

A man was arrested after he led police on a high-speed chase on Interstate 280 and Highway 92 through San Mateo that ended with a head-on crash, a prosecutor said Monday.

Just before noon on Thursday, a CHP officer saw an Audi going 109 mph while changing lanes dangerously, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

The CHP officer began to follow the car, which then got on 92 to Half Moon Bay, said Wagstaffe.

At one point during the chase, the driver, later identified as David Blackwell, 19, of San Jose, slowed down, as if he were going to stop for the officer, before speeding off again, Wagstaffe said.

Eventually, Blackwell lost control on a hairpin turn and crashed head-on with another car, the DA said. The woman in the other car went to Stanford Hospital with a fractured wrist, thumb and ribs, said Wagstaffe.

When police approached Blackwell’s car, which turned out to be stolen, they discovered that three other teens were in the car. The teens apparently told Blackwell to stop driving so fast, and had just wanted a ride to the beach, Wagstaffe said.

Blackwell was charged Monday with three felonies and three misdemeanors for the chase. He is in jail in lieu of $50,000 and will appear in court on April 24.


  1. Follow-up with more on this story. $50,000 bail is low. And he might be ORed (released without bail) in the emergency period – released to again place others at grave risk of death. Where was the car stolen? [Removed — don’t speculate about a person’s court record.] He’s a candidate for more treatment than punishment. Find out and tell us.

    • The more important question is, why was highway patrol engaging in a high-speed chase of a driver going 106 mph on the windy, narrow 2 lane road of 92 risking the lives of other drivers .

  2. Really? Is his middle name DWIGHT? The article reports he is from San Jose. How many criminal cases could a 19-year-old having pending and still be out of custody? Take a look online at the Superior Court in Santa Clara County?

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