Pursuit of suspected drunk driver ends in arrest Thursday, police say

Police Thursday evening arrested a Long Beach man after a pursuit through the Traffic Circle, Zaferia and Rose Park neighborhoods.

Police said they first observed the driver speeding and steering erratically on westbound Pacific Coast Highway near Redondo Avenue at 5:05 p.m. Officers took up pursuit after the driver didn’t yield to a traffic stop.

Soon after, the driver abandoned the car in the area of Fifth Street and Junipero Avenue, fled on foot, and was ultimately arrested at 2300 block of E. Fifth Street, police said.

Police identified the driver as 24-year-old Kevin Adrian Hernandez-Rivera. The LBPD said he was booked into jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence, resisting arrest and evading police. His bail has been set at $75,000.

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Alena Maschke writes about all things business and beyond for the Long Beach Business Journal/Long Beach Post. Born and raised in Germany, she first fell in love with California during an exchange year at UCLA. After receiving her master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2017, she returned to the Golden State with an appetite for great stories, pupusas and the occasional Michelada.