Update 4:24 p.m. The San Bernardino County coroner has identified the driver who tried to flee the California Highway Patrol as Melchor Manuel Estrella-Narvaez, 27, of Redlands.
Estrella-Narvaez was driving a 2000 Mitzubishi Eclipse west on the Interstate 10 at excessive speeds, the coroner said in statement.
"The CHP attempted to pull him over but he failed to stop and a pursuit ensued," the coroner statement said. "Estrella-Narvaez collided into the center median of the westbound Interstate 10, just west of County Line Road, in Yucaipa at 3:08 AM. He was pronounced dead at the scene."
Update 11:44 a.m. All westbound lanes of Interstate 10 near County Line Road in Yucaipa were re-opened at 10:42 a.m., a California Highway Patrol dispatcher said in a phone interview.
Two westbound lanes were closed for several hours Sunday morning for a CHP pursuit death investigation in the westbound center median of I-10.
Traffic backed up in all three westbound lanes of the 10 from Yucaipa through Calimesa to Cherry Valley Boulevard by 10:30 a.m.
The logjam began to clear by 10:50 a.m.
Posted 8:19 a.m. A motorist who led CHP officers on a chase from Calimesa to Beaumont and back crashed and died on Interstate 10 in Yucaipa early Sunday, prompting a death investigation with two westbound lanes closed several hours after the crash.
The closed westbound lanes "are not projected to reopen until Sunday afternoon," CHP spokesman Darren Meyer said in a statement. "Westbound traffic may be affected by this incident. Motorists are encouraged to use westbound SR-60 as an alternate."
The chase began about 3 a.m. Sunday on the eastbound 10 at Singleton Road in Calimesa. CHP officers were monitoring eastbound freeway traffic and spotted a maroon Mitsubishi Eclipse "approaching the officers at a speed in excess of 100 MPH," Meyer said.
Officers got behind the car and tried an enforcement stop, Meyer said. The driver pulled over on the right shoulder and stopped, but as the officers approached on foot the driver accelerated and continued east on the 10.
"A pursuit was initiated, and the officers followed the Mitsubishi as the driver exited into the City of Beaumont at 6th Street," Meyer said. "The driver re-entered the freeway going westbound on I-10."
The Mitsubishi continued fleeing CHP officers at a high rate of speed and the right rear tire of the Mitsubishi failed, Meyer said. The driver slowed down but continued westbound.
About a quarter-mile west of County Line Road in Yucaipa, the Mitsubishi driver lost control, the vehicle overturned in the dirt median, and the driver was ejected, Meyer said.
"CHP officers attempted to render aid but they found that the driver was killed instantly," Meyer said.
The ensuing investigation and cleanup prompted closure of two lanes nearest the center divider on the westbound 10. The crash scene is in San Bernardino County.
The two lanes remained closed just before 8 a.m., and the time of re-opening was unknown, a CHP dispatcher said in a phone interview.
The driver's name and hometown had not been determined Sunday morning, Meyer said. There were no passengers in the Mitsubishi, and no CHP officers were injured.