The driver of the vehicle responsible for last night’s four vehicle accident has been identified as 41 year old Daniel Landeros of Elk Grove. According to police, Landeros had run red lights and was driving erratically near Laguna and Bruceville, before heading the wrong way on Elk Grove Blvd. Landeros was heading eastbound in the westbound lanes when he collided almost head on with another vehicle. Two other vehicles were also involved in the accident. The driver of the other vehicle in the head on collision suffered moderate injuries.
After the accident, Landeros fled the scene on foot when he was chased by Elk Grove police. After taking what police called a “defensive” stance, one of the officers deployed a taser that was not successful due to Landeros’ jacket being puffy. Landeros then tried to flee again, with officers in pursuit. He once again assumed a defensive stance and one of the officers again deployed a taser that took the suspect down. While police tried to handcuff him, Landeros continued to resist. At some point the officers noticed he was not responding and began CPR. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Elk Grove Blvd was closed between Bruceville and Big Horn from just after 10 pm until 8 am this morning while police investigated the accident and the death in custody. This is the first death in custody incident in the 10 year history of the Elk Grove Police Department.