Parolee Charged In High-Speed 2-County Freeway Chase

SAN FERNANDO (CBS) — A parolee accused of leading authorities on a wild, high-speed pursuit through two counties pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one felony count of evading police.

The chase, which began around 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Woodland Hills, ended some four hours later near Castaic and hit almost every freeway, according to authorities.

The suspect, identified by authorities as 30-year-old Michael Andrew Martinez, faces up to four years in prison if convicted, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

A female passenger, who was in the vehicle, was not charged.

Martinez remains jailed in lieu of $120,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is expected to be set on Aug. 2.

» RELATED POST: Wild 3-Hour Police Pursuit Ends On The Grapevine

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  • Everyday Guy

    I knew it! The ethnicity that is.

    • JF

      Hey everyday guy, you’re a real genius, you guessed the ethnicity all by yourself. Oddly enough, LA has an incredibly large population of Hispanics. What are the chances of that, rocket scientist….

  • Bill N.

    Three counties I believe. He drove through LA, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The IE does not count as one.

  • efv

    De-evolution, exhibit A: bill burns

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