Man and woman found sleeping in stolen car in Whittier, arrested after chase and crash

WHITTIER — Police arrested a man and woman following a brief pursuit and crash after they were found sleeping in a stolen car early Friday, authorities said.
Michael Daniel Agredano, 20, and Martha Martinez, 23, were booked on suspicion of auto theft following the incident, which began about 5:25 a.m. in the 11500 block of South Circle Drive, Whittier police Lt. Randy Inman said. Additional charges, including resisting arrest, may also be sought against Agredano.
A patrol officer came across a parked stolen car with a man and woman — later identified as Agredano and Martinez — sleeping inside, the lieutenant said.
As officers tried to approach the car, the occupants awoke and Agredano sped away, officials said, but crashed into a an electrical pole a short distance away in the 5200 block of Rideout Way, Inman said.
Leaving Martinez in the car, Agredano continued fleeing on foot but was soon found hiding in some nearby bushes, police said.
Martinez was hospitalized in unknown condition and issued a felony citation, Inman said.
According to county booking records, Agredano was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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