Pursuit from Riverside to O.C. ends when suspect runs into a Walmart in Westminster

WESTMINSTER — A suspect was in custody Monday night after he led California Highway Patrol officers on a pursuit from Riverside to Westminster, pulled into the parking lot of a Walmart, ditched the car, ran inside and was arrested a short time later.

UPDATE: The driver pulled right up to the front of a Walmart and ran inside. Police have set up a perimeter and are searching for the suspect. https://t.co/vaB4L5xVJS pic.twitter.com/4iz6trt8Ig

— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) March 2, 2021

 

The suspect traveled at slow speeds along the westbound Riverside (91) Freeway before exiting on Beach Boulevard in Buena Park around 10:45 p.m., where the Mercedes-Benz sedan went northbound, made a U-turn at Orangethorpe Avenue and traveled southbound on Beach Boulevard through Anaheim and into Westminster.

At one point while traveling on Beach Boulevard, the driver stopped and a passenger exited the back seat of the Mercedes-Benz.

The driver pulled into the parking lot of the Westminster Gateway Shopping Center on Beach Boulevard, south of the Garden Grove (22) Freeway, just after 11 p.m. and drove onto the sidewalk outside a Walmart where he ditched the car and ran inside as the car crashed head-on into a row of plants near the entrance of the store, narrowly missing at least two customers exiting the business.

About 11:10 p.m., authorities located the suspect near Beach Boulevard and Trask Avenue and took him into custody.

The suspect was originally wanted for failure to yield.

No injuries were immediately reported.

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Suspect leads police on 6-hour chase in L.A., San Gabriel Valley, Inland areas

LOS ANGELES — A driver Tuesday night led police on a hours-long chase the turned into a crawl at times from South Los Angeles to San Pedro, downtown Los Angeles, the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys and the Inland Empire.

Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s 77th Street Division gang unit began chasing the driver, who was accused of having a gun, about 7 p.m., said Officer William Cooper of LAPD.

Finally, after more than six hours, the bizarre slow-speed pursuit comes to an end in Ontario, with the driver getting out of the vehicle. https://t.co/5gWWWF722h pic.twitter.com/Uh4bxDR1p1

— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) February 3, 2021

Multiple patrol vehicles chased a silver car as the driver ran red lights, drove on the wrong side of traffic and cut through parking lots to make turns.

About 7:45 p.m., the driver entered onto the southbound Harbor (110) Freeway from westbound Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, and traveled to where the freeway ends in San Pedro before making a U-turn and heading back north.

NBC4 reported the driver was acting erratically inside the car, and at times appeared to be talking on a cellphone while inching along the northbound Harbor Freeway at speeds under 10 mph.

At one point, the pursuit passed a rubbish fire that was burning near the freeway at West 81st Street and South Grand Avenue in South Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Multiple police cruisers were blocking traffic from passing the pursuit as they followed the driver, who would slow to a near-stop, then accelerate again.

Just after 9 p.m., the driver exited the Harbor Freeway and entered onto the northbound Hollywood (101) Freeway near downtown, where the chase continued.

The driver traveled north toward the San Fernando Valley before exiting the freeway, making a U-turn and getting back on the northbound Hollywood Freeway.

Officers continued their pursuit of the driver, who turned southbound on the Hollywood Freeway, then transitioned to the eastbound San Bernardino (10) Freeway in East Los Angeles and began traveling slowly, dropping to speeds below 10 mph for long stretches.

Multiple broadcast reports said the driver hit a spike strip at some point in the chase, blowing out the two front tires of the silver Chevrolet Malibu.

Around 11 p.m., the driver slowed to a stop several times, allowing officers to briefly get out of their cruisers before the suspect continued to move along at a slow pace.

Residents came out of their homes to take up positions on overpasses in the Baldwin Park area to watch the pursuit pass by.

At one point, someone stopped on the side of the freeway produced a sign that read, “Fools gone wild,” ABC7 reported.

Around 1:12 a.m. Wednesday, helicopter footage from NBC Los Angeles showed that something from the suspect’s damaged vehicle broke off; apparently the driver’s side rim, and there was a shower of sparks from the undercarriage. By this time the chase had reached Ontario on the eastbound 10 Freeway.

Soon after, the suspect surrendered near the Vineyard Avenue off-ramp of the 10 in Ontario, the NBC LA livestream showed.

#Breaking #Pursuit suspect in custody in #Ontario #NBCLA pic.twitter.com/ONFOVGe4Cj

— AlexVnews (@alexvnews) February 3, 2021

The Daily News contributed to this story.

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Suspect leads police on hours-long chase in L.A., San Gabriel Valley, Inland areas

LOS ANGELES — A driver Tuesday night led police on a hours-long chase the turned into a crawl at times from South Los Angeles to San Pedro, downtown Los Angeles, the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys and the Inland Empire.

Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s 77th Street Division gang unit began chasing the driver, who was accused of having a gun, about 7 p.m., said Officer William Cooper of LAPD.

#LIVE: Chase now in its fourth hour as suspect continues to flee police on 10 Freeway https://t.co/Vvzpepy556

— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) February 3, 2021

Multiple patrol vehicles chased a silver car as the driver ran red lights, drove on the wrong side of traffic and cut through parking lots to make turns.

About 7:45 p.m., the driver entered onto the southbound Harbor (110) Freeway from westbound Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, and traveled to where the freeway ends in San Pedro before making a U-turn and heading back north.

NBC4 reported the driver was acting erratically inside the car, and at times appeared to be talking on a cellphone while inching along the northbound Harbor Freeway at speeds under 10 mph.

At one point, the pursuit passed a rubbish fire that was burning near the freeway at West 81st Street and South Grand Avenue in South Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Multiple police cruisers were blocking traffic from passing the pursuit as they followed the driver, who would slow to a near-stop, then accelerate again.

Just after 9 p.m., the driver exited the Harbor Freeway and entered onto the northbound Hollywood (101) Freeway near downtown, where the chase continued.

The driver traveled north toward the San Fernando Valley before exiting the freeway, making a U-turn and getting back on the northbound Hollywood Freeway.

Officers continued their pursuit of the driver, who turned southbound on the Hollywood Freeway, then transitioned to the eastbound San Bernardino (10) Freeway in East Los Angeles and began traveling slowly, dropping to speeds below 10 mph for long stretches.

Multiple broadcast reports said the driver hit a spike strip at some point in the chase, blowing out the two front tires of the silver Chevrolet Malibu.

Around 11 p.m., the driver slowed to a stop several times, allowing officers to briefly get out of their cruisers before the suspect continued to move along at a slow pace.

Residents came out of their homes to take up positions on overpasses in the Baldwin Park area to watch the pursuit pass by.

At one point, someone stopped on the side of the freeway produced a sign that read, “Fools gone wild,” ABC7 reported.

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Suspect leads police on hours-long chase in L.A., San Gabriel Valley areas

LOS ANGELES — A driver Tuesday night led police on a hours-long chase the turned into a crawl at times from South Los Angeles to San Pedro, downtown Los Angeles and the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys.

Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s 77th Street Division gang unit began chasing the driver, who was accused of having a gun, about 7 p.m., said Officer William Cooper of LAPD.

#LIVE: Chase now in its fourth hour as suspect continues to flee police on 10 Freeway https://t.co/Vvzpepy556

— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) February 3, 2021

Multiple patrol vehicles chased a silver car as the driver ran red lights, drove on the wrong side of traffic and cut through parking lots to make turns.

About 7:45 p.m., the driver entered onto the southbound Harbor (110) Freeway from westbound Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, and traveled to where the freeway ends in San Pedro before making a U-turn and heading back north.

NBC4 reported the driver was acting erratically inside the car, and at times appeared to be talking on a cellphone while inching along the northbound Harbor Freeway at speeds under 10 mph.

At one point, the pursuit passed a rubbish fire that was burning near the freeway at West 81st Street and South Grand Avenue in South Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Multiple police cruisers were blocking traffic from passing the pursuit as they followed the driver, who would slow to a near-stop, then accelerate again.

Just after 9 p.m., the driver exited the Harbor Freeway and entered onto the northbound Hollywood (101) Freeway near downtown, where the chase continued.

The driver traveled north toward the San Fernando Valley before exiting the freeway, making a U-turn and getting back on the northbound Hollywood Freeway.

Officers continued their pursuit of the driver, who turned southbound on the Hollywood Freeway, then transitioned to the eastbound San Bernardino (10) Freeway in East Los Angeles and began traveling slowly, dropping to speeds below 10 mph for long stretches.

Multiple broadcast reports said the driver hit a spike strip at some point in the chase, blowing out the two front tires of the silver Chevrolet Malibu.

Around 11 p.m., the driver slowed to a stop several times, allowing officers to briefly get out of their cruisers before the suspect continued to move along at a slow pace.

Residents came out of their homes to take up positions on overpasses in the Baldwin Park area to watch the pursuit pass by.

At one point, someone stopped on the side of the freeway produced a sign that read, “Fools gone wild,” ABC7 reported.

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Driver suspected of ramming police vehicle surrenders after pursuit on O.C. freeways

SANTA ANA — A high-speed pursuit of a suspected drunken driver in a full-size pickup truck that traveled along at least two Orange County freeways ended Tuesday night with the driver surrendering to authorities in Santa Ana.

Officers responded to a suspicious vehicle call in a parking lot in the 5700 block of La Palma Avenue, just east of Imperial Highway, about 9:20 p.m., and the driver rammed into at least one of the officers’ vehicles, then fled, prompting the pursuit, according to the Anaheim Police Department.

The suspect drove at speeds mostly in the 80s and briefly topped 100 mph while traveling on the southbound Orange (57) Freeway and eastbound and the westbound Garden Grove (22) Freeway.

The driver exited the eastbound Garden Grove Freeway at Grand Avenue about 10:20 p.m. and pulled into a gated apartment complex, stopped the vehicle, stepped out and surrendered to officers. He was quickly taken into custody.

The suspect’s name was not immediately disclosed.

No injuries were reported.

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