Two car-theft suspects were in custody today following high-speed chases in the Southland—one ending in Glendora, the other in Moorpark in Ventura County.
The second of the two pursuits began in Riverside around 11:35 p.m. Thursday when Riverside police officers tried to pull over a green Ford Expedition that had been reported stolen, said California Highway Patrol Officer Tony Polizzi.
The pursuit continued on surface streets before the suspect went on a succession of freeways, including the Corona (71), Pomona (60), San Bernardino (10), Golden State (5), Glendale (2), Ventura (134) and Foothill (210) freeways.
"There were times on the freeway when they did exceed 100 miles per hour," Polizzi said.
CHP officers eventually caught the suspect in the 5500 block of Barranca Avenue in Glendora around 12:40 a.m. He was taken to a hospital for medical clearance before being booked, Polizzi said.
The earlier pursuit began around 10:45 p.m. Thursday on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood before heading north on the Hollywood (101 and 170), Golden State (5) and Ronald Reagan (118) freeways.
According to broadcast reports, the silver Toyota being chased reached speeds of 100 miles per hour as it was pursued by as many as 18 CHP and Los Angeles Police Department Vehicles across the San Fernando Valley and then into Ventura County.
The Toyota eventually turned off state Route 23 onto New Los Angeles Avenue, where it briefly went the wrong way with two punctured tires before stopping. Broadcast footage showed CHP officers then dragging the driver from the vehicle without incident at 11:10 p.m. Thursday.
The suspect, a 22-year-old man, was booked for vehicle theft and was in custody early today at the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Station, police Sgt. Ozzie Ramos said.
—City News Service