SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — A short police pursuit in Santa Ana ended with a horrific crash into a tree, killing one person and injuring two others, police said Wednesday.
A deputy had tried to pull over an SUV after seeing people running from a boutique in Tustin with telltale gloves, but the driver took off, according to Orange County sheriff’s officials. A few minutes later, the SUV was found after it slammed into a tree at close to 100 mph near Chestnut Avenue.
The front seat passenger was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. The driver and a second passenger have been hospitalized in critical condition.
No deputies were injured.
Police are checking if the SUV is stolen. Items stolen from the boutique, like expensive handbags and shoes, were found inside the SUV.