LoJack Hit On Stolen Vehicle Prompts High-Speed Pursuit, Fiery Crash
ONTARIO (CBS) — A police pursuit of a stolen vehicle ended in a fiery crash in the Inland Empire.
The chase ended at Archibald Avenue and East Cog Hill Court in Ontario Saturday evening.
California Highway Patrol officers say the chase led by a female driver ensued on the 60 Freeway after a Los Angeles Sheriff’s helicopter received a LoJack hit of the stolen vehicle.
“Two of our units were able to get into position. They subsequently located the vehicle,” CHP Sgt. Marina Ingram told Edward Lawrence, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9.
According to Lawrence, the driver exited Mountain Avenue and turned on Riverside passing Sergio Alva and his friends.
“I saw the Honda going really fast and I was like, ‘what’s wrong with this car.’ It was going super fast, it was about to crash into another car on the stop light and then it braked really fast and turned to the other side,” he recalls.
Moments later, Alva says he saw two CHP cruisers following the female suspect.
According to officials, the woman was traveling at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour when she tried to turn into a neighborhood off of Archibald Avenue. That’s where authorities say she crashed into a tree.
“They got her out by gunpoint and the car caught fire… moved her over here and next thing you know, she went off in an ambulance,” said Patricia Smith, a witness.
The driver is expected to face felony charges of evading law enforcement and driving a stolen car, according to the CHP.
She is currently hospitalized with minor injuries.