Santa Ana stolen car pursuit ends in crash in Belmont Shore

Police pursued a driver in a stolen car from Santa Ana to Long Beach, where he crashed in Belmont Shore, officials said.

The pursuit started in Santa Ana when a victim saw their car had been stolen and flagged down Santa Ana police officers. The officers started pursuing the suspect who refused to pull over, Cpl. Anthony Britagna said.

Once the suspect left the Santa Ana area, the pursuit was handed to California Highway Patrol officers who followed the driver to Long Beach, Britagna said. The suspect then crashed into several parked cars near First Street and Livingston Drive, officials said.

The car was left running and police officers and firefighters had trouble getting it to turn off.

The suspect was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, a fire department spokesman said. Santa Ana police officers were on their way to the hospital to arrest the suspect once he is discharged, Britagna said.

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.