Fleeing burglary suspect crushed by own car in Point Loma

Police: Man fleeing scene of burglary

SAN DIEGO - A fleeing burglary suspect crashed his speeding minivan in Point Loma and died, police said Monday.

Blake Andrew Thornton, 33, of El Cajon was fatally injured near Ullman and Canon streets about 7:20 p.m. Sunday, according to San Diego police and the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

Thornton was speeding away from the scene of a burglary when he hit a guard rail and was thrown from the vehicle, SDPD Officer Dino Delimitros said in a statement.

As the vehicle rolled, Thornton was crushed, Delimitros said, adding that the vehicle came to rest in the yard of a home, causing minor damage to the residence. According to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office, emergency personnel responded to the scene of the crash and initiated CPR. Thornton died at the scene.

10News learned that the suspect was not wearing a seatbelt and that he has an extensive criminal record.

U.S. Navy investigators were at the scene of the burglary for several hours Sunday night. Police, however, would not confirm if the stolen property belonged to the U.S. Navy though they did say electronics were found inside Thornton's van.

The owners of the house where the vehicle landed said only their daughter was home at the time of the crash and said she was terrified by the commotion.

On Monday, a Navy spokesman said the suspect was wanted in connection with a break-in at the Arctic Submarine Laboratory, which is located just outside of the base's gates.

The laboratory is part of the Fleet Support Detachment of Submarine Forces Pacific.

San Diego police said Thornton had IDs, passports and electronics in his possession at the time of the crash.


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