A late night police pursuit has ended in the driver's death.

At 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, Christopher Richard Waring, driving a blue Chevrolet Lumina, was stopped by San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputy Justin Marszalek for vehicle code violations near the intersection of Main Street and Maple Avenue. As the deputy was approaching Waring's car, he fled the scene, with Marszalek in pursuit. The Lumina went south on Maple Avenue and then east on Ranchero Road.

Ranchero won't be a through road until the Ranchero Road Underpass is completed sometime in the next decade, but Waring never got that far: A drainage ditch cuts across Ranchero just east of Seventh Avenue, and Waring lost control when the Lumina hit the ditch, going faster than 100 miles per hour.

Sheriff's department analysts say the car leapt in the air, and Waring swerved across the road as he attempted to regain control before striking the foot-high asphalt berm. The Lumina tumbled and rolled before landing, wheels down, in a clear patch of dirt. But the vehicle was empty at that point, the motorist thrown 187 feet further to the east into a dusty clearing. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Waring, 30, had a felony warrant out for his arrest, after violating his probation on a 2004 assault with a deadly weapon conviction in Riverside County. Waring was from Carlsbad -- and thus unlikely to know what sort of conditions awaited him on that dead-end branch of Ranchero Road.

The San Bernardino County Major Accident Investigation Team is conducting an investigation into the crash and the Coroner's office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.