High Speed Chase Tuesday Night Ends in Long Beach with Suspect in Custody

A high-speed chase that started in the city of Colton ended in Long Beach late Tuesday night with the arrest of the suspect driver.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers followed the reported stolen car, a white 1999 Ford Taurus, on the west San Bernardino (10) Freeway at Via Verde near West Covina around 10:45PM, according to a CHP dispatcher.

The driver apparently exceeded speeds of 100 mph and ran red lights, traveling through Santa Fe Springs, Lakewood and Long Beach, where the car was believed to have been stolen from, according to news reports.

The Ford slowed to a roll in Long Beach around 11:15PM, before coming to a full stop, reportedly after running out of gas. The suspect driver was seen throwing the keys out of the driver’s window before he got out and surrendered.

No injuries were reported but many residents took to social media after being alerted to the mayhem when helicopters flew above the streets. One Belmont Heights resident of nearly three decades told the Post it was a rare occurrence to see more than one, let alone six helicopters over Long Beach.

City News Service contributed to this report.



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