An El Monte man was behind bars Sunday after leading West Covina police on a high speed chase in and SUV, during which he rammed a patrol car, authorities said.
Eduardo Reyes, 21, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, felony evading, resisting police and burglary, West Covina police Lt. Pat Benschop said.
An officer tried to pull him over for a traffic violation shortly after 6:30 a.m. on Amar Road, the lieutenant said. The car failed to pull over, initiating a chase.
Reyes drove recklessly and at high speeds as he made his way to the area of Valley Boulevard and La Seda Road in East Valinda, where a passenger jumped out and ran, Benschop said. He was not found.
Moments later, he said, Reyes rammed the Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV he was driving into a West Covina patrol car that was joining the pursuit.
The officer suffered minor injuries, though the patrol car sustained significant damage and was disabled, Benschop said.
The pursuit continued into El Monte, where the SUV came to a stop and Reyes was ultimately arrested by force, Benschop said. Further details of the chase’s conclusion were not immediately available.
Items found inside Reyes’ SUVed authorities to also suspect him of burglaries, officials said.
According to county booking records, Reyes was being held in lieu of $75,000 bail pending a scheduled arraignment Wednesday in West Covina Superior Court.