A suspected car thief being pursued by police died when he rammed a stolen car into a 10-ton asphalt roller at a construction site in Irvine, police said this morning.
The man, who remains unidentified pending notification of relatives, was fleeing police at speeds up to 80 m.p.h. in a short chase that began on the southbound San Diego Freeway about 11 p.m., said Irvine Police Sgt. Phil Povey. The driver had stolen a 1987 Hyundai sedan from Costa Mesa when the chase began, Povey said.