LA County Sheriff’s Deputies Pursue Suspected DUI Motorist into Orange County

NBC Los Angeles reports that a driver suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol led LA County Sheriff’s deputies on a chase spanning two counties on Tuesday, July 26.

In a statement, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said that deputies in the Lynwood area spotted the driver of a dark colored Chevy Malibu. The LASD canceled the initial pursuit when the driver led deputies into the Compton and other South Los Angeles residential neighborhoods.

Shortly after LASD stopped pursuing the suspect driver, they were spotted driving across the LA County and Orange County lines via the 405 Freeway. The suspect vehicle was spotted several times driving off the freeway and into vegetation off the shoulder of the highway.

The chase was resumed at approximately 7:10 p.m. by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). During the pursuit, the driver nearly hit several other vehicles, traveled over a freeway island, and barely missed hitting a bicyclist.

The driver eventually exited the southbound 405 into Costa Mesa and traveled surface streets before briefly exiting his vehicle in Irvine. He then got back into the car after running through a ravine. 

The driver continued to lead law enforcement into Irvine and Laguna Hills. He was finally captured when a CHP officer performed a PIT maneuver near the Intersection of Crown Valley Parkway and Cabot Road in Mission Viejo. 

The suspect driver surrendered to officers and was taken into custody.

Authorities had not released the suspect’s identity at the time of the report.  

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