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Wild 3-Hour Police Pursuit Ends On The Grapevine

Suspect Hit Just About Every Southland Freeway
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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A suspect who officials said was driving recklessly and at high speeds in the San Fernando Valley, is leading law enforcement agencies on a chase Saturday evening.

The chase started in the Valley, on the 101, about 8 p.m., according to authorities.

Stu Mundel, reporting overhead in Sky9, said the suspect well exceeded the speed limit “numerous times.”

Police, he said, considered a PITT maneuver early on but declined due to safety concerns for the public.

About a half hour into the pursuit, the suspect switched to the Eastbound 10 Freeway. He then went on the Southbound 605 and then went on to the 60.

Due to many motorists staying home, with Carmageddon fears, the suspect had wide open lanes for much of the pursuit.

At least 6 patrol cars were in pursuit. The LAPD began the pursuit and after about 30 minutes the CHP took the lead.

There are reportedly “at least two” people in the car, say officials.

Suraya Fadel, reported alongside the chase in Mobile9.

The suspect sped up in the Rancho Cucamonga area. He  then went onto the 215, drove more “erratic” said Mundel, then went on a reverse route back on the 15 back towards Ontario.

Stu Mundel theorized the suspect “might be seeing his fuel gauge getting close to empty.”

KCAL9 was told a female passenger, unknown relation to the male driver, called her brother to  say the driver had no intention of stopping.

At the two and a half hour mark, the suspect reached Boyle Heights. He ventured onto the 5 Freeway where traffic got slightly heavier.

The suspect through the pursuit hit just about every freeway including the 101, 110, 10, 605, 210, 710, 105, 60, 5…the one he missed?, the 405 of course!

After more than three hours, CHP put down a spike strip and ended the chase on the Northbound 5 on the Grapevine.

Officials took two people into custody.

Stu Mundel said the two were taken into custody without incident or injury.

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