Covina police arrest alleged DUI driver after chase that ended in Baldwin Park

COVINA — A driver with an expired registration tag led police on a short pursuit early Friday.
Covina Police Lt. Tim Doonan said the man was arrested in Baldwin Park and his passenger was so intoxicated she was taken to a hospital. Doonan said the woman couldn’t stand on her own.
An officer pulled over a vehicle with an expired registration tag on Arrow Highway and Azusa Avenue at 4:44 a.m.
The officer got out of the patrol car. Doonan said the driver made an immediate U-turn, accelerated and headed westbound on Arrow Highway.
The chase, which lasted five minutes and 40 seconds, went through Irwindale and ended in Baldwin Park.
Doonan said the driver pulled into a long driveway and tried to hide. He was spotted.
Martin Camacho, 37, of Baldwin Park was arrested on suspicion of felony evading, driving under the influence and driving on a suspended license.
He remains in custody at Covina jail with a bail of $75,000. He has a Tuesday arraignment at West Covina Superior Court.

- Ruby Gonzales

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Attempted murder suspect arrested after chase, crash in La Mirada

LA MIRADA — A Brea police pursuit of an attempted murder suspect worked its way through four cities Wednesday before coming to an end with a crash in La Mirada, officials said.
Vincent Amadeus Fernandez, 21, of Fullerton was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, burglary and evading police following the pursuit, which began about 9:30 a.m., Brea police Sgt. Jim Griffin said.
The incident began about 9:30 a.m. when police received a report of domestic violence from the 800 block of Sungrove Place, in the area of Lambert Road and State College Boulevard, the sergeant said.
Fernandez had forced his way into a former girlfriend’s home, where he struck her, brandished a knife and choked her, Griffin said. He made statements during the alleged attack that he wanted to kill the woman.
The woman was not seriously hurt, Griffin said.
An officer responding to the call spotted Fernandez driving away, Griffin said. The officer tried to pull over Fernandez’s pickup truck, but he fled instead.
Fernandez led officers on a chase through Brea, Fullerton and Yorba Linda, police said. At one point, he struck a parked car and continued fleeing.
After about 10 minutes, Fernandez crashed his northbound truck into a sedan at Santa Gertrudes Avenue and Adelfa Drive in La Mirada, officials said.
Neither driver suffered significant injuries, Los Angeles County Department Capt. Greg Lombardo said.
Fernandez was booked on suspicion of attempted murder, burglary and felony evading, police said.

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Alhambra man accused of DUI following slow-speed chase through South Pasadena, Pasadena

SOUTH PASADENA — An Alhambra man allegedly led police on an intoxicated, slow-speed chase through South Pasadena and Pasadena late Friday and early Saturday before finally surrendering, authorities said.
Tim Neal Morgan, 35, was released from jail with a citation early Saturday after being booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and misdemeanor evading police, South Pasadena police Sgt. Tony Abdalla said.
The pursuit began about 11:45 p.m. when an officer patrolling in the 300 block of Garfield Avenue, which has had recent issues with burglaries and auto thefts, spotted Morgan sitting in a parked 1999 Ford Explorer and thought him suspicious, the sergeant said.
As the officer approached Morgan, he began driving away in the SUV with his headlights off, Abdalla said.
The officer tried to pull the Explorer over, but Morgan continued driving, he said.
“It was a slow-speed pursuit in the area of 20 to 30 mph, with the suspect stopping at red lights and stop signs,” Abdalla said.
After leading officers on a 50-minute chase on South Pasadena and Pasadena surface streets, Morgan pulled over and surrendered to police just inside the Alhambra city limit on Huntington Drive near Garfield Avenue, police said.

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Wanted Azusa man jailed following two-hour standoff with Covina police

After more than a week of eluding authorities, an Azusa man suspected of leading police on two wild pursuits late last month and assaulting an officer was in custody Sunday.
But not before he kicked a hole in the roof of his home and climbed through it in a final attempt to escape, police said.
Gerardo Herrejon, 43, was arrested after a two-hour standoff late Saturday at his condo in the 600 block of East Lee Place in Azusa, Covina police Lt. Ric Walczak said.
Herrejon was booked on suspicion of felony evading, assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and forgery after being taken into custody about 11:50 p.m., Walczak said.
He had been sought since Nov. 29 when he allegedly passed counterfeit money along with 23-year-old Chandra Olazaba of Azusa at the Covina Walmart and then led Covina police on a pursuit that ended when the pursing police car crashed, officials said.
Police identified Olazaba as a suspect in the forgery and pursuit, and showed up at a parole office in El Monte Nov.<TH>30, where she was scheduled to meet with her parole officer, officials said.
Olazaba was arrested at the parole office, but Herrejon allegedly rammed a police car in the parking lot before leading officers on a second pursuit, according to Covina police Lt. Dave Foster.
Herrejon again eluded officers by abandoning his car in El Monte, leaping from a tall wall and and continuing to flee on foot.
Authorities had been seeking Herrejon when Azusa police Officer Seth Chapman spotted him Saturday evening on Lee Place and saw him run into a two-story condominium, Walczak said.
Herrejon refused to come out, initiating a two-hour standoff before police forced their way into the home, Walczak said.
Once the officers got inside, Herrejon began running upstairs and was shot with a less-lethal foam projectile, officials said.
“That struck him in the back of one of his legs, however, he managed to climb up into his attic,” Walczak said.
“From his attic, we continued to order him out, the lieutenant added. “He then kicked a hole in the roof of the condo and got onto the roof.”
Officers had the home surrounded, and after another half-hour of negotiations through Covina police Sgt. Dan Regan, Herrejon was persuaded to surrender via a fire department ladder, according to Walczak.
According to county booking records, Herrejon was being held in lieu of $250,000 bail pending his initial court appearance Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.
Olazaba, who officials said was on parole for a previous burglary conviction, was being held without bail on suspicion of burglary and forgery. She was due to appear in West Covina Superior Court Dec. 17.

PHOTOS of Gerardo Herrejon courtesy of the Covina Police Department

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Two hurt when chase ends in collision in El Monte

A man driving a stolen car tried to flee from police but crashed into another vehicle Tuesday night.
He was arrested. El Monte police Lt. David Vautrin said the man’s passenger and the driver of the other car complained of pain.
It started at 11:07 p.m. on Valley Boulevard and Tyler Avenue. Vautrin said the driver of a maroon Honda failed to yield.
The chase lasted a couple of minutes and ended when the Honda collided with a white Nissan at Garvey Avenue and Mountain View Road.
Vautrin said the Honda’s passenger was taken to Greater El Monte Community Hospital. The driver of the Nissan was treated at the scene but declined to go to a hospital, he added.
The Honda was stolen out of Riverside, the lieutenant said.
The suspect’s name and age weren’t available since he hadn’t been booked yet.

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Spike strip puts end to slow chase through Pico Rivera, Whittier

A driver suspected of being under the influence ran red lights during a slow chase Friday that was brought to a halt by spike strips.
At one point during the police pursuit, the Chevrolet Astro van was traveling at 25 mph.
Lt. Andrew Meyer of the sheriff’s Pico Rivera station said it started just after 8 p.m. at Rosemead Boulevard and Gallatin Road in Pico Rivera.
Deputies saw the man driving erratically. Meyer said the van nearly hit three cars and drove up onto the sidewalk.
He said the driver refused to stop when deputies tried to pull over the van. A sheriff’s helicopter later followed the vehicle.
Deputies used spike strips which damaged the van’s back tires, Meyer said. The suspect continued driving for several minutes before he stopped at the Arco gas station at 12525 Hadley St. in Whittier, according to the lieutenant.
Randy Avalos, 31, of Whittier was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and for being a parolee at large.
Because he’s a parolee, Avalos is being held without bail at the sheriff’s Pico Rivera station. Booking records show he will be arraigned Tuesday at Whittier Superior Court.

- Ruby Gonzales

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Montebello man arrested following brief police chase

MONTEBELLO — Police arrested a Montebello man early Sunday on suspicion of violating a restraining order and breaking into a home before leading police on a chase which ended in a crash, authorities said.
Ernesto Vieyra, 56, was expected to be booked on suspicion of burglary and evading police, Montebello police Lt. Rick Rojas said.
Officers responded to a report of a man violating a restraining order and breaking into a home in the 1100 block of South Spruce Street just minutes before midnight, the lieutenant said.
The man had left when officers arrived, but a police helicopter spotted his vehicle speeding down Washington Boulevard.
Vieyra failed to pull over, initiating a short, low-speed chase that ended when the fleeing vehicle crashed into another car at Washington and Paramount boulevards in Pico Rivera, Rojas said. Vieyra was not believed injured in the crash, though the other driver suffered apparently minor injuries.
Vieyra was arrested, but taken to a hospital prior to booking after complaining of a medical problem, officials said.

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Norwalk man arrested after chase, assault on deputy

Norwalk sheriff’s deputies chased a man in a stolen car early Wednesday, on the wrong side of the 605 Freeway for a period, before he got hung up on a fence while trying to flee on foot in Bellflower and pulled a knife on arresting deputies, authorities said.
Felipe Vasquez, 28 of Norwalk was arrested on suspicion of auto theft, felony evading and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Gary Harman said.
The incident began when a deputy spotted Vasquez driving a stolen car about 9:50 p.m. in the area of Summer Avenue and Gettysburg Drive, Harman said. The driver failed to pull over for the deputy, and a pursuit began.
Vasquez made his to the 605 Freeway in the stolen Honda Accord, where he entered the freeway and headed south in the northbound lanes, the sergeant said. The Honda then made a U-turn and headed back north on the 605 Freeway on the correct side of the road.
Vasquez exited in Bellflower, Harman said, where he ditched the car in the 14500 block of McNab Avenue and continued to flee on foot.
“He attempted to run and got caught up on the top of a fence,” he said. As deputies approached, he pulled a knife on them, but they were able to wrestle him into custody without being injured.
Deputies took Vasquez to a hospital for examination before booking him into jail.
According to county booking records, Vasquez was being held without bail pending his initial appearance in Bellflower Superior Court.
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West Covina police arrest El Monte man following wild pursuit

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.
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Officials identify man suspected of crime spree in La Verne, Glendora after shooting self in leg

LA VERNE — Officials Sunday released the name of a 46-year-old Montclair man arrested Friday after a crime spree and police chase that kicked off after he accidentally shot himself in the leg with a stolen gun, authorities said.
Donell Robert Bell was being held in lieu of $225,000 bail at the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles pending his initial court appearance, according to Los Angeles County booking records. He was booked on suspicion of crimes including carjacking, burglary and evading police.
The series of alleged crimes began about 7:30 p.m. when a car crashed in the 1900 block of 5th Street in La Verne, police said.
Bell, and possible others, fled from the crashed car on foot, officials said. It was then that Bell accidentally shot himself in the leg with a handgun he was carrying.
Bell then tried, but failed, to carjack a driver who saw the crash and stopped to help, police said. He then attempted a home break-in and another failed carjacking before successfully breaking into a home and stealing the resident’s car.
Police lost sight of the fleeing car as it sped west on Arrow Highway into Glendora, but found it abandoned following a crash at Arrow Highway and Barranca Avenue, according to Glendora police Lt. Jaime Caldwell.
Officers soon learned Bell had attempted to carjack a nearby minivan, which was broken down, before failing to rob a man outside a liquor store and attempting to carjack another vehicle, officials said. Officers found him on foot in the area.
Bell was taken to a hospital for treatment before being booked into jail.
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