Police pursuit ends with stolen car crashing into parking structure, LBPD says

A police pursuit in the Downtown Long Beach area Monday night ended with the vehicle crashing into a parking structure, Long Beach Police Department spokesman Brandon Fahey said.

Officers on patrol near Pacific Avenue and Broadway spotted a stolen vehicle around 7 p.m. and when they initiated a traffic stop, the driver failed to yield, which sparked the pursuit, according to Fahey.

During the pursuit, the vehicle hit a parking structure near the 100 block of East Fifth Street. A man and woman got out of the car and fled on foot, but officers quickly caught them, Fahey said.

The Long Beach Fire Department arrived to treat both suspects for “minor injuries they sustained as they attempted to flee,” Fahey said. The woman was medically cleared for booking at the scene, and the man was transported to a local hospital, where he was cleared for booking, Fahey said.

Robert Angel Cervantes, a 23-year-old resident from the city of Yakima, Washington, was booked into Long Beach Jail on suspicion of evading a police officer with a disregard for safety, one count of vehicle theft, grand theft auto, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving without a license, a hit-and-run involving property damage and resisting/obstructing a public officer, according to police. His bail was set at $75,000.

Valerie Morales, a 19-year-old Whittier resident, was booked into Long Beach Jail on suspicion of resisting/obstructing a public officer. Her bail was set at $0.01, Fahey said.

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Crystal Niebla is the West Long Beach reporter through the Report for America program. Philanthropic organizations pledged to cover the local donor portion of her grant-funded position with the Post. If you want to support Crystal's work, you can donate to her Report For America position at lbpost.com/support.
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