NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA) — A suspect behind the wheel of a stolen Tesla led authorities on a bizarre, high-speed pursuit Tuesday night before being captured in Newport Beach.
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The pursuit began a little after 10 p.m. when Hawthorne police spotted a Tesla Model S which had been reported stolen.
The pursuit wound its way onto the eastbound 91 Freeway in Carson, then to the southbound 405 Freeway near Fountain Valley, the suspect hitting speeds above 100 miles per hour.READ MORE: VP Kamala Harris Visits San Bernardino To Tout $600M In Wildfire Recovery Money For Calif.
At one point, one of the Hawthorne police vehicles tailing the suspect was involved in a collision.
California Highway Patrol eventually took over the pursuit, which came to abrupt stop in the middle of the southbound State Route 73 Freeway, just south of Bonita Canyon Drive, in Newport Beach.
Following a standoff, in which the suspect got out of the Tesla several times, and appeared to put clothes on the roof of the car, he then started to drive again. At that point, CHP officers used a PIT maneuver to bring the car to a final stop. The driver was taken into custody at about 11:10 p.m.MORE NEWS: Ancient Cuneiform Stone Tablet, Rare Old Babylonian Prism Returned To Republic Of Iraq
The suspect’s name and the charges he faces were not immediately released. It’s unclear if any Hawthorne police officers were hurt in the crash that occurred during the pursuit.
GAME OVER! CHP officers use a PIT maneuver to stop a suspect driving a stolen Tesla in Orange County, @RoadSageLA and @Patharveynews track the end of the pursuit on @CBSLA 11pm News. #CBSLA https://t.co/xXDR0EP8s5 pic.twitter.com/KyruEDDGyv
— CBSLA Assignment Desk (@KCBSKCALDesk) December 15, 2021