Seeing those red and blue flashing lights in your rearview mirror won’t be a welcome sight. However, attempting to make a run for it is never a good idea and can lead to even bigger problems than facing a DUI charge.
NBC Los Angeles reports that one suspected DUI driver found this out the hard way late Wednesday after leading police and California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers on a chase that spanned across Los Angeles and Orange Counties and reached speeds of over 100 miles per hour.
The incident happened at approximately 11:20 p.m. on the 710 freeway in East Los Angeles when law enforcement officers spotted a silver Audi driving recklessly. When officers attempted to pull the driver over, he refused and instead led them on a chase.
The driver continued southbound toward Orange County and exited onto the Santa Ana (5) Freeway. The chase was later joined by CHP officers and continued into Long Beach.
Police estimate that at times, the driver of the Audi reached dangerous speeds over 100 miles per hour while on Interstate 5. During the pursuit, officers observed the driver turning off his headlights, driving in the wrong lane, and running a series of traffic lights.
The chase ended after the driver pulled into a cul-de-sac near 12th Street in Long Beach. The driver jumped out of the Audi, tossing an unidentified object on the ground before attempting to flee on foot.
CHP officers were able to apprehend the driver. After a struggle, one of the CHP officers shot the suspect with a stun gun, and he was placed under arrest.
Also arrested was a female passenger who had been in the vehicle at the time.
This is a developing story. No further information was available at the time of the report.