IRWINDALE — Police arrested a man with more than 500 pounds of marijuana Thursday after a high-speed chase, officials said.
George Farias, 40, of San Bernardino was booked on suspicion of felony evasion of police, possession of marijuana for sales and transportation of marijuana for sales, Irwindale police Lt. Mario Camacho said.
An officer tried to pull over a Toyota Tundra pickup truck about 11:30 a.m. on Vincent Avenue near the 10 Freeway after it nearly struck a postal carrier on foot, the lieutenant said.
The truck initially pulled over at Vincent and Rowland avenues, Camacho said, but sped off once the officer got out of his patrol car and approached.
The Tundra led police on a chase onto the 10 Freeway, driving erratically and reaching speeds of around 100 mph, Camacho said. Officers backed off and saw the truck exit at Citrus Street.
Witnesses pointed police toward the truck at Citrus Street and Norma Avenue in West Covina, police said. The driver had jumped out, allowing the truck to continue rolling into a small brick wall and a parked SUV.
Inside the truck, officials found more than 500 pounds of marijuana packaged in 26 bundles, Camacho said.
The Foothill Special Enforcement Team, a SWAT team servicing several cities in the San Gabriel Valley, happened to be training in Irwindale and went to the scene to perform a yard-to-yard search, Camacho said.
Farias was found hiding in a garage not far from where the truck was ditched and arrested without a struggle, officials said.
According to sheriff’s booking records, Farias was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail and was due for arraignment Monday in West Covina Superior Court.
AZUSA — A hit-and-run driver led police on a chase Tuesday before escaping on the 210 Freeway, authorities said.
An officer saw a new-model, white Chevrolet sedan crash into another vehicle and continue driving about 3:11 p.m. at Alameda Avenue and First Street, Azusa police Sgt. Xavier Torres said.
The officer tried to pull over the white sedan, but it continued, leading police on a chase onto the 210 Freeway, the sergeant said.
Officers chased as the car exited and re-entered the freeway several times, before they ultimately lost site of it on the eastbound 210 Freeway near the 57 Freeway, he said.
Police had the license plate number of the car and were continuing their investigation, Torres said.
The victim of the hit-and-run was not seriously hurt, officials said.
BALDWIN PARK — A Baldwin Park police officer and a suspect suffered serious injuries early Saturday after an intoxicated man fleeing officers in a stolen car crashed head-on into a police cruiser, authorities said.
The officer suffered a badly broken femur, a broken foot and a broken hand in the crash, Sgt. Chris Hofford said. The suspect suffered head injuries.
David Perez, 32, of Baldwin Park, was being pursued by police just before 1 a.m. after being spotted in Baldwin Park driving a Honda Accord that had been reported stolen out of Monterey Park, the sergeant said.
“(Perez) crossed over the double-yellow line and hit our officer head-on,” Hofford said.
The crash threw Perez from his vehicle, Hofford said.
Both the officer and Perez were hospitalized in stable condition, officials said.
The officer, described by police as a 36-year-old, 2-year veteran of the department, was driving on Merced Avenue near Frazier Street in his black and white Dodge Charger police car to join fellow officers already in the pursuit when the crash took place.
Perez was southbound on Merced Avenue, just past Frazier Street where the avenue makes a bend and becomes eastbound, Hofford said. The officer was heading west on Merced Avenue, approaching Frazier Street.
The crash is being investigated by the Baldwin Park office of the California Highway Patrol, however all inquiries were being directed to the Baldwin Park Police Department, CHP Sgt. Gil Peirsol said.
Perez was expected to be booked on charges including felony evading of police, evading causing injury, felony driving under the influence, possession of narcotics and auto theft, Hofford said.