A Whittier man driving a BMW and his passenger were in custody Tuesday night after a chase that began in Hacienda Heights and ended in North Hollywood.
The driver, Valentino Arroyas of Whittier, was booked on suspicion of felony evading, while his passenger, 20-year-old Janine Rodriguez of East Los Angeles, was booked on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Victor Sotelo said.
No one was injured in the incident that started at Colima Road and Hacienda Boulevard.
Sheriff’s Lt. John Saleeby said the driver of a BMW ran red lights shortly after 8 p.m.
The car didn’t stop and made a beeline for Whittier, where it was later determined the driver resides, officials said.
The pursuit, which involved several law enforcement agencies, went through different communities including Whittier, Pico Rivera and Pasadena before working its way to North Hollywood.
On surface streets the driver hit 35 to 40 mph and sped up while on the freeways.
The chase ended about an hour and a half later on the 170 Freeway at Saticoy Street in North Hollywood, where the car ran out of gas, officials said.
Arroyas and Rodriguez then surrendered to California Highway Patrol officers.
Arroyas was thought to have fled, in part, because he incorrectly believed the car he was driving had been reported stolen.
The owner of the vehicle, who is a relative of one of the suspects, had told them the vehicle would be reported stolen if not returned, Sotelo said. But that had not occurred.
According to county booking records, Arroyas was being held in lieu of $35,200 bail, while Rodriguez was being held in lieu of $13,000 bail. Both were scheduled for arraignment Thursday in West Covina Superior Court.