IRVINE (CBSLA)  — A man believed to be armed with a gun was pursued by Orange County Sheriff’s in and around Orange County Wednesday.

The chase began near Laguna Beach around 3 p.m. and wended its way around Irvine, John Wayne Airport, Laguna Beach, Dana Point and Newport Beach.

The chase ended in Newport Beach when the driver calmly pulled into a parking lot and began a standoff with police in the 1400 block of Avocado Drive.

When the chase entered Newport Beach, around 4 p..m., Newport Beach Police joined the pursuit.

Authorities were reportedly in contact with the suspect via cellphone.

The driver is in a silver Mercedes.

The Sheriff’s department reported the suspect was originally wanted on a no-bail warrant.

He pulled into a parking lot in Newport Beach where he kept police at bay in a standoff. After about 40 minutes, the suspect is believed to have asked to speak to his mother via phone.

Wednesday evening, Newport Beach Police tweeted out a photo of the suspect.

The suspect was taken into custody — without incident — just before 5 p.m.

He was identified as 53-year-old Richard Bloustine. The suspect was originally wanted for a felony bail warrant for fraud.

CBS2’s Stacey Butler reported Bloustine has an extensive criminal record — mostly for white collar crimes. She also reported that he had a recent domestic abuse charge including violating a restraining order.

In addition to another charge of domestic violation, she said his past also includes check fraud, grand theft and a number of other crimes.



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