PASADENA — A Pasadena man arrested early Saturday told police he led them on a high-speed pursuit the previous morning because he was late for work and is afraid of police, officials said.
Chilel Carlitos Lopez, 29, was arrested at his home about 3 a.m. Saturday on suspicion of felony evading of police, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records. The arrest stemmed from an alleged high-speed chase Lopez led Pasadena officers on early the previous morning.
When arrested, “He admitted he fled from the officer because he was late to work,” Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. “He also said he was afraid of the police.”
The chase took place shortly after 5:30 a.m. Friday when an officer tried to pull over Lopez’s SUV at Fair Oaks Avenue and State Street, the lieutenant said.
“The driver fled,” Clawson said. The SUV headed south in South Pasadena at high speed before police lost sight of the vehicle after it turned onto Huntington Drive. The pursuit was discontinued, however police continued working to identify the driver.
Investigators showed up at Lopez’s home early Saturday after determining he was the registered owner of the car, Clawson said. The SUV was parked out front when they arrived.
According to county booking records, Lopez was being held in lieu of $75,000 bail at the Pasadena Police Department’s jail pending his initial court appearance.
An alleged drunken and reckless driver led authorities on a freeway chase Wednesday that began in Industry and ended with his arrest West Covina, officials said.
A deputy assigned to the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station spotted an allegedly drunken driver about 11 a.m. on the northbound 605 Freeway, just north of Valley Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Steve Sanchez said.
The driver of the car, described as a black Dodge Charger, failed to pull over, initiating a chase, officials said.
Deputies chased the fleeing car north on the 605 Freeway, then east on the 10 Freeway before calling in California Highway Patrol officers to take over the pursuit, Sanchez said.
Shortly after CHP officers joined the chase, the driver exited at Citrus Avenue in West Covina and surrendered, Sanchez said. He was expected to be booked on suspicion of drunken driving and evading police.
The driver’s name was not immediately available pending the booking process, Sanchez said.
EL MONTE — Police arrested wanted El Monte parolee and his girlfriend Wednesday after they allegedly stole cell phones from pedestrians along Peck Road, authorities said.
Carlos Gonzalez, 22, and Jessica Alexandra Ortiz, 20, also from El Monte, were arrested at the end of a short car chase that ended about 1 p.m. when the fleeing suspects drove into a cul-de-sac, according to El Monte police and Los Angeles County booking records.
Police began looking for the suspects about 11:30 a.m. when two pedestrians had their cell phones stolen from them in the area of Peck Road and Lambert Avenue, El Monte police Detective Ralph Batres said.
In one case, a teenage girl was approached by a man — later identified as Gonzalez — who put a gun to her head and demanded her cell phone, Batres said. The young woman turned over her cell phone and was not harmed in the crime.
In another incident nearby, a car pulled up alongside a man and a young woman inside — later identified as Ortiz — asked to borrow his cell phone, Batres said. The victim handed the woman his phone, and the car drove off.
Victims were able to provide information to police, including the fact that the black, newer-model car had Arizona license plates, the detective said. El Monte police notified neighboring law enforcement agencies to keep an eye out for the car.
Cpl. Gary Gall spotted a car matching the description shortly before 1 p.m. at Cogswell and Ferris roads, Batres said. He called for backup as he watched the car and dropped off two women, who were arrested on unrelated charges including drug possession and an outstanding warrant.
Officers then tried to stop the car on Peck Road near Bryant road.
“(Gonzalez) sped off southbound peck in northbound, driving against traffic,” Batres said. The fleeing sedan got back into southbound lanes just before running a red light at Ramona Boulevard at high speed.
But then the car took a turn down a dead and at Federal Drive, police said. Ortiz was arrested without further incident.
Gonzalez ran and hopped a fence into a nearby car dealership, where he was soon captured by officers. A BB gun was found in the suspects’ car.
Ortiz, who was booked on suspicion of petty theft, was released from jail Wednesday after posting $1,000 bail pending her initial court appearance,according to police and booking records.
Gonzalez, a wanted parolee who was already being sought in a separate battery case, was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance.
SOUTH PASADENA — A 16-year-old boy is accused of ramming police cars during a pursuit in his parents’ car Thursday, officials said.
The teen, whose name was not released due to his age, was ultimately arrested on suspicion felony evading of police and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, South Pasadena police Cpl. Shannon Robledo said.
The incident began shortly after 11 a.m. when police responded to a report of a family disturbance in the 1600 block of Amberwood Drive, the corporal said.
“Immediately upon arrival, one of the parties involved entered the family vehicle and drove away,” Robledo said. “An officer attempted to stop the vehicle and the driver sped away.”
As the car sped off, the driver — later identified as the teenage suspect — attempted to ram to motorcycle officers who were arriving at the scene, Robledo said.
Additional officers were called to assist as the teen led them on a chase that circled through the same neighborhood at “excesive speeds,” the corporal said.
“The driver rammed two police units before the pursuit was terminated,” he said. The collisions resulted in no injuries and only minor damage to the patrol cars.
Officers brought an end to the chase when they were able to use their patrol cars to box in the fleeing vehicle, Robledo said. The teenage driver was then taken into custody without a struggle.
“The juvenile stated that he had had a verbal argument with his mother and took the car because he was mad at the world,” Robledo said.
He was taken to the Eastlake Juvenile Detention Center in Downey pending his initial court appearance.
PASADENA — Police arrested three 15-year-old boys Friday following three hit-and-run collisions and a brief pursuit in a stolen car, authorities said.
Police caught up with the teenage suspects about an hour after the third and final hit-and-run crash just before 4 p.m. in the 800 block of Sunset Avenue, Pasadena police officials said.
An officer spotted the vehicle, a blue Pontiac, less than a mile away at Pasadena Avenue and Walnut Street, police said in a written statement. It was determined that the car had been reported stolen from Altadena and had also previously been involved in two previous hit-and-run collisions between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Friday.
None of the crashes involved injuries, Lt. Jason Clawson said.
The driver of the car refused to pull over and led police on a chase on surface streets at the north end of Pasadena at “slow to moderate speeds,” the police statement said.
A helicopter was quickly overhead, and the car stopped at Pepper Street and Sunset Avenue, where all three suspects inside the Pontiac exited the car and ran, officials said. All three were captured nearby.
The driver was a Covina resident, while the two passengers were from Altadena and Pasadena, Clawson said.
SAN GABRIEL — An Arcadia woman is accused of leading San Gabriel police and a high speed chase that traversed the San Gabriel Valley twice over more than an hour late Saturday, authorities said.
Jennifer McElhaney, 25, was booked on suspicion of auto theft and felony evading of police after she was ultimately ditched the car and was found hiding in a residential neighborhood in Covina, San Gabriel police Lt. Tony Hernandez said.
The incident began when San Gabriel police officer spotted a car that had been reported stolen parked in the parking lot of a CVS Pharmacy at San Gabriel Boulevard and Las Tunas Drive, Hernandez said.
Officers watched as a woman, later identified as McElhaney, got into the car and began driving, he said.
“We attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle,” Hernandez said. “She fled.”
The chase reached speeds in excess of 100 mph at times as McElhaney led officers down the 10, 101, 110 and 210 Freeways to Pasadena, he said.
McElhaney then headed east on the 210 Freeway, exited Vernon Avenue in Azusa and continued on surface streets through Covina and West Covina, Hernandez said.
She managed to get back on the 210 Freeway and headed back to Pasadena, before again turning around and driving back into Covina, police said.
The car chase came to an end when McElhaney abandoned the car in the 200 block of Benbow Street in Covina and continued to flee on foot, Hernandez said. She was found hiding in the area a little more than 20 minutes later.
According to county booking records, McElhaney was being held in lieu of $130,500 bail pending her initial court appearance, scheduled Tuesday in Alhambra Superior Court.
EL MONTE — A man suspected of trying to kill his girlfriend was arrested Friday after he fled from police in a stolen pickup and crashed.
Dorian Guerrero was booked on suspicion of attempted murder, auto theft and felony evading of police, according to El Monte police and Los Angeles County booking records.
El Monte Police Sgt. Michael Buckhannon said an officer was given a description of a vehicle tied to the suspect. He saw the Nissan pickup truck at 3:33 p.m. on Peck and Lower Azusa roads.
The pickup took off.
Buckhannon said the pickup hit a car at Lower Azusa Road and the 605 Freeway. The injured suspect ran to a nearby nursery and tried to hide in the foliage, he said.
After being placed in the back of a patrol car, Buckhannon said the suspect kicked out the rear window.
The man was treated at Methodist Hospital of Southern California for a laceration to the forehead, Buckhannon said. He was being held at the El Monte jail.
The attempted murder occurred two months ago when the man allegedly shot at his girlfriend on Maxson Road as she drove away from him, according to Buckhannon. The woman reportedly wasn’t injured.
Police said the pickup truck was stolen in Monrovia.
Guerrero was being held in lieu of $1.06 million bail pending his initial court appearance, according to booking records.
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SOUTH PASADENA — Two liquor thieves escaped police following a brief chase in a stolen car Saturday, but it wasn’t a clean getaway, authorities said. They left behind identification, including an inmate wristband from a previous stay in county jail.
Police did not release the names of the men as they continued seeking them and prepared a criminal case for prosecutors, South Pasadena police Lt. Mike Neff said.
Police received a call about 1:30 p.m. reporting the men were stealing liquor from Bristol Farms, 606 Fair Oaks Ave., the sergeant said. In addition to Saturday’s theft, they were seen the previous day stealing alcohol, he added.
Responding officers spotted the suspects, who fled to a nearby 1996 Honda and sped away, Neff said.
The Honda led police on a brief pursuit, which ended about half a mile away in the 300 block of Garfield Road, where the suspects abandoned the car and continued fleeing on foot, Neff said.
The suspects were not found, however they left behind in the stolen car all of the alcohol they had just stolen — valued at more than $300 — as well as identifying documents, police said.
Among them were a California ID and a wristband ID issued to county jail inmates, Neff said. Officers confirmed the men they chased were the same ones listed on the documents.
Both men have outstanding felony arrest warrants stemming from unrelated cases, he added.
The Honda had been reported stolen earlier in the day to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Harbor Division.
SIERRA MADRE — Police arrested a 22-year-old Los Angeles man Friday following a brief chase, authorities said.
A police officer tried to pull over a two-door coupe for speeding about 7:30 a.m. in the 600 block of East Sierra Madre Boulevard, Sierra Madre police Sgt. Joe Ortiz said. The driver refused to pull over, initiating a pursuit.
Police chased the fleeing car at high speeds down Sierra Madre Boulevard and Santa Anita Avenue before it got into the westbound 210 Freeway, Ortiz said.
The driver pulled over and surrendered on the freeway near Santa Anita Avenue, he added.
In addition to receiving a speeding ticket, the driver was arrested on suspicion of a misdemeanor count of evading police, Ortiz said.
The suspect’s name was not available pending the booking process, he added.
EL MONTE — A West Covina man led El Monte police on high-speed chase in a stolen car before being arrested Wednesday, authorities said.
Adam Jojola, 27, was booked on suspicion of auto theft and felony evading of police following the incident, El Monte police Cpl. Aram Choe said.
Police received a report about 9:40 a.m. that a silver, 1996 Honda Civic had been stolen from the 11900 block of Deana Street, the corporal said.
“One of our detectives who happened to be in the area spotted the vehicle about half an hour later, unoccupied, in the 11600 block of Sitka (Street),” Choe said. The car was parked along the street, about half a mile away from where it was reported stolen.
The detective waited for several minutes until a man — later identified as Jojola — got into the Honda and started driving, Choe said. The detective called backup from additional officers.
When officers tried to stop the Honda, the driver failed to pull over and, “fled at high-speed,” Choe said.
Officers backed off the chase due to safety concerns after the speeding and fleeing vehicle neared Parkview Elementary School, Choe said. They lost sight of the Honda.
“About 15 minutes later, a resident called and reported that a subject who matched the description of the suspect had abandoned a stolen vehicle in the 2600 block of Cogswell (Road),” according to the corporal.
Police set up a search perimeter in the neighborhood and soon found and arrested Jojola without a struggle, Choe said.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Jojola was being held in lieu of $75,000 bail at the El Monte Police Department’s jail pending his initial court appearance.