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160-Mile Car Chase Ends On 5 Freeway In Grapevine

A man with a “lengthy arrest record” led several law enforcement agencies on a high-speed, 160-mile pursuit that lasted nearly three-and-one-half-hours and ended when California Highway Patrol officers stopped his car with a spike strip on the Golden State (5) Freeway in the Grapevine, authorities said today.

The pursuit of the 2011 black Hyundai began as an attempted drunken driving stop by Los Angeles police around 7:30 p.m. Saturday near the Topanga Canyon Boulevard offramp of the Ventura (101) Freeway, said CHP Officer Saul Gomez.

The driver refused to pull over and the chase was on.

Los Angeles Police Department units handed off the pursuit to the CHP around 8 p.m. as the driver headed eastbound on the Pomona (60) Freeway, just east of the northbound San Gabriel River (605) Freeway, said CHP Officer Anthony Martin.

“The man has a lengthy criminal record, but we have not been able to determine whether the suspect was on active parole or faced a third strike,” said Officer Doug Johnson of the LAPD’s Valley Crime Task Force.

A woman was a passenger in the suspect’s vehicle but Johnson said she was not a hostage, as some family members had told police.

The CHP took the suspect into custody, Johnson said, and then handed the pair over to the LAPD, said Martin.

Gomez said the pursuit hit almost every freeway in the region — including the 101 Freeway, the San Bernardino (10) Freeway; the 605 Freeway, the 60 Freeway and the southbound Ontario (15) Freeway — but not the San Diego (405) Freeway, which was partially closed this weekend.

The suspect even made it into Riverside County, then doubled back onto the Ontario (15) Freeway to Fontana, where he evaded a CHP PIT maneuver designed to stop him, Gomez said.

The suspect then got on the 210 freeway and headed west to Los Angeles via the southbound 605 Freeway, the 10 Freeway, the southbound Santa Ana (5) Freeway, the southbound Long Beach (710) Freeway and the eastbound Glenn Anderson (105) Freeway, Gomez said.

The pursuit continued onto the congested northbound Harbor (110) Freeway near Staples Center, where the suspect squeezed his car along the shoulder, then worked his way back to the northbound Golden State Freeway for the last leg of his journey heading north to the Grapevine.

That’s where CHP units laid the spike strip that finally brought the chase to an end around 11:20 p.m., said Martin.

Copyright © 2011 City News Service

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