NORTH HOLLYWOOD (CBS) — Law enforcement chased a driver wanted for reckless driving across the San Gabriel and San Fernando valleys before apprehending the suspect in North Hollywood.

The chase began when the suspect, who’s a reported gang member, failed to make a traffic stop, emergency dispatchers reported. The California Highway Patrol reported the suspect may be driving under the influence.

During the beginning of the pursuit, the suspect was leading deputies in circles between Whittier and Pico Rivera, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

KCAL9’s Derek Bell reported that the motorist had been circling around the area where the registered owner lives but may have been deterred from going to the apartment building after seeing several police cars surrounding the residence.

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The suspect, driving a white 1996 BMW, hovered at about 30 mph as he ran through several red lights.

Authorities were able to pull up the information of the vehicle’s registered owner but were unsure if the suspect driving was the actual owner, Sgt. Denise Joslin of the California Highway Patrol told KCAL9. No one has reported the vehicle as stolen.

KCAL9 contacted the mother of the registered owner of the car, who said her son is “not a bad person” and does not have a criminal record. She said the man driving is the brother of the vehicle’s owner.

The CHP has since taken over the pursuit.

At about 8:45 the suspect got on the 605 Freeway and picked up his speed to 65 mph in the Irwindale area, where traffic was light. He then exited in Pasadena for a few moments before getting on the westbound 210 Freeway.

As of 9:25 p.m. he was driving on the northbound 170 Freeway in North Hollywood. By getting off the 134 Freeway he avoided running into a spike strip CHP officers laid out further down the highway to pop his tires.

At 9:27 p.m. the suspect pulled over on the 170 Freeway. Following officers’ orders, he threw his keys outside of the car, raised his hands and walked in reverse to the row of CHP cars lined up across the freeway.

The driver was taken into custody at 9:30 p.m.

A young woman emerged from the driver’s passenger side shortly thereafter and handcuffed by CHP officers.

Comments (17)
  1. Joey L. says:

    It’s actually nice that this person was smart enough to drive and didn’t have the intent of harming others. Of course, it’s stupid to outrun the law, but at least he wasn’t moronic enough to cause harm onto others and be charged with more crimes than he already racked up. I’ll give the people props for that, but for outrunning the law–definitely not that.

  2. everyone knows.. and is watching. says:

    This idiot is my neighbour.. and he is ‘not a good person’ just like the other people that hang with him. I wish there was more of them in the car.. so they would all go to jail.

    1. ChueyLocoWVL says:

      you’re a punk. that’s my cousin. i don’t believe you’ve ever told him how you feel. maybe you should speak your mind in person instead of on the internet.

      1. GROWAPAIR says:

        Hey ChueyLocoWVL, been said before, over eighteen you can make your own decisions, but pu$$Y dumbf**ks like you still living off their mama’s t!t don’t understand that. Having your mama lock you up in your bedroom is no problem since the t!t is still there and the brain cell you’re burning does no good. Now all she needs to do is take away the internet. And, if any of you dumbf**ks could read the money is not for the family. Involuntary confinement is the responsibility of the State, dumbsh!ts.

      2. everyone knows.. and is watching. says:

        Hope your a good example for your cousin.

      3. Eddie says:

        Hey ChueyLocoWVL, how come you were not out riding with your cuz last night creating havoc in the hood?

    2. everyone knows.. and is watching. says:

      Hope you are a good example for your cousin.

      1. Eddie says:

        I don’t think ChueyLoco is any kind of example especially considering that tone he/she took in defending your no good neighbor. Remember, you can take the thug out of the hood, but, you can never that the hood out of the thug. So sorry you have the criminal thug elements squatting next door.

  3. bel says:

    does any one know where or what station they took them too

  4. elliott alper says:

    why does everyone try to run from the law they want 2 hours of fame well he got it and will get a good check in jail not the mail

  5. Robert S. says:

    “Ignorance can be repaired through learning, but stupid is forever”! Can’t outrun a radio, can’t continue to outrun gas stations, can’t outrun spikes, and can’t outrun the odds, so why do they run??? Cause they are stupid!

  6. MIKE says:

    gang bangers that go to prison for life turn into f@gs.fact lol

  7. Wolfman says:

    going to Mexico

  8. Izabela Karmen says:


  9. neighbor says:

    To “everyone knows… everyone is watching” your an idiot for not letting us know who you are. If you want to be posting messages like this, let me know who you are. Why don’t you just come to my door tell me to my face about how feel about my son or is it you don’t want to come to my house because you are not any better then us or any body else in this building no matter what hes my boy and that’s coming from his mothers heart with a lot of love

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