A Pacific Grove contractor wanted on outstanding warrants slashed his throat with a box cutter after a lengthy police pursuit Thursday morning, the California Highway Patrol said.
Michael T. Kelly, 57, was seriously injured in the apparent suicide attempt and was taken by helicopter to Regional Medical Center in Fresno.
Kelly immediately sped up, the officers said, before losing control and veering off the south side of the road. After traveling some 30 feet, the car came to a stop against a barbed-wire fence, Hall said.
At that point, officers said, Kelly took a box cutter and “began to slash his throat in an apparent suicide attempt.”
Public records show Kelly is a licensed general contractor in good standing with the state and the proprietor of Kelly Home Inspection Services in Pacific Grove.
Court and police records show he has had numerous scrapes with the law, including several warrants in recent years for probation violations.
In one of those cases, in June 2006, Monterey police reported that Kelly’s car had smashed into a residence in the 1300 block of David Avenue. Kelly was arrested for driving under the influence of cocaine, cocaine possession and driving under a suspended license, police records show.