Sheriff investigates fatal Pinole car chase

August 29, 2008 7:18:15 PM PDT
The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department is reviewing the circumstances behind a pursuit yesterday that ended with a man's death.

The department says it has a strict policy when it comes to car chases, and investigators want to make sure all procedures were followed during yesterday's pursuit in Pinole.

Deputies say they were chasing a wanted parolee who was driving a stolen car.

He hit an SUV head-on, killing 51-year-old Martin Padilla.

His wife is blaming deputies for her husband's death.