Man With Warrant, Drugs Leads Police on Pursuit

Photo courtesy of GCN reader Shannon.

Glendora officers chased a driver around Azusa, Glendora and San Dimas after the man reportedly refused to stop after committing a vehicle code violation, police said.

The pursuit, which began at Barranca Avenue and Armstead Street in Azusa, entered the eastbound 210 freeway and southbound 57 freeway, eventually ending on Chelsea Place near Plymouth Street in Glendora.

The pursuit began after 9 a.m. when police attempted a traffic stop on the driver of a Honda Civic for committing a vehicle code violation, said Lt. Matt Egan of Glendora Police.

The type of violation was not immediately known.

The pursuit entered the east 210 freeway, not far from where it began. After transitioning to the south 57, the pursuit exited onto westbound Arrow Highway. Police continued to chase the suspect north on Valley Center, west on Claraday Street and north on Chelsea Place where the suspect fled the car and ran, Egan said.

The suspect ran red lights during the chase, Egan said.

The suspect fled police in excess of 100 miles per hour once on the freeway, Egan said.

Photo courtesy of GCN reader Cathy Peterson.

Photo courtesy of GCN reader Cathy Peterson.

A driver who identified himself as Ed said the suspect ran through a red light going westbound on Arrow Highway and nearly hit vehicles coming south from Lone Hill Avenue. As the suspect swerved to avoid hitting the drivers, Ed was nearly struck by the suspect.

A witness said the suspect was captured on Juanita Avenue west of Valley Center Avenue.

“I saw the guy before the cops got here. He was … trying to take off his hoodie and then they came zooming around the corner yelling at him to put his hands up,” said Shannon, a resident on Juanita Avenue. “He wasn’t putting them up, so I slammed my door and ran in the other room. I thought something crazy was going to happen since he wasn’t listening.”

The suspect and two female occupants were eventually arrested.

Booking information for those arrested is not yet available, but the driver is a reported AB 109 offender on post-release community supervision. The driver has a drug-related warrant for his arrest, Egan said.

The driver was also in possession of a controlled substance, Egan said.

Zak Bushey contributed to this story.