Driver jailed after chase through two counties

A driver who was seen doing donuts in a San Dimas parking lot later led officers on a pursuit that terminated about an hour later in a Rialto parking lot Friday night.

A California Highway Patrol unit hit the suspect’s car to stop it. An officer pulled the driver out of the window.

“The door wouldn’t open. His door was jammed shut. He wouldn’t come out,” CHP Sgt. Joseph Corney said.

Corney said the driver, who gave fake names, is suspected of being under the influence of drugs. The CHP was trying to identify him using fingerprints.

It began with a 7:12 p.m. call to the sheriff’s San Dimas station about a reckless driver.

The caller reported a car was doing donuts at the ampm parking lot in the 1100 block of West Arrow Highway.

Sheriff’s Lt. Diana Gealta said they started to send units when the driver took off. They weren’t involved in the chase, she added.

Glendora police heard San Dimas deputies talking about a solo rollover on Sunflower Avenue and Arrow Highway where the vehicle, a silver Acura, landed on its wheels and continued westbound, according to Glendora police Lt. James Demond.

“We heard of a possible crash at Sunflower Avenue and Arrow Highway,” he said.

Glendora police then saw a silver Acura northbound on Grand Avenue driving with the headlights turned off. There was also damage to the driver’s side door, Demond said.

Officers tried to pull over the vehicle.

The Acura ran a red light at Gladstone Street and entered the 210 Freeway, Demond said.

Police later turned over the pursuit to the CHP.

Sgt. Corney said when the freeway chase reached Redlands, the driver went through a break in the center divider to get on the westbound lanes of the 210 Freeway.

He said the car got off the freeway at Riverside Avenue in Rialto, drove through a couple of parking lots and ended up at the parking lot of an ampm in the 400 block of South Riverside Avenue.

Corney said they used a PITT maneuver on the suspect’s car.

In the PIT (Pursuit Immobilization Technique ) maneuver, a police car hits the other vehicle at a specific spot to make it spin out and stop.

Friday’s chase showed a CHP car hitting the Acura which didn’t spin out. Two other CHP cars then boxed in the Acura. The driver was arrested at 8:10 p.m.

His name, age and city of residence weren’t available late Friday night.

– Staff report

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