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120-MPH LA Car Chase Has Several Close Calls

Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 09:30 AM

By Dale Eisinger

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A burglary suspect and his woman accomplice were in custody after leading police on a remarkably dangerous high-speed car chase Tuesday afternoon in the Los Angeles area.

The long-distance chase began in the early afternoon all the way in the agricultural center of Chino, in San Bernadino County, 35 miles to the east of L.A. Police chased the Lexus ES400 down nine freeways, through dozens of surface streets, and across three county lines, before the woman driver crashed into another vehicle, bringing the entire ordeal to a close.

Fox 11 L.A. reported police clocked the man, the first driver of the vehicle, at 120 mph. He led police across the 71, 91, 60, 710, 105, and 110 California freeways, before pulling off and beginning to wend the car through surface streets, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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By the time the driver found his way to side streets, KABC News 10 reported, the driver was going so fast that police couldn't keep up the chase through side streets. As a result, there were no helicopters alerting pedestrians to the speeding car.

The Lexus topped speeds of more than 60 mph on residential roadways, narrowly sparing a handful of human lives. As the drivers of the car blew through red lights, stop signs, took streets going in the wrong direction, and cut corners with remarkable speed, the driver only slightly avoided hitting numerous pedestrians.

At one point, the Lexus nearly struck a young boy on a skateboard crossing the street. At another terrifying moment, a woman pulled a little girl from the street to the sidewalk at the last minute, almost certainly sparing her life, as the suspects sped by. In another harrowing moment, the driver nearly struck a couple wheeling a baby across the street.

Shortly before 1 p.m., the male suspect, who had been driving, jumped from the car with a cellphone pressed to his ear and ran into an apartment complex.

The woman pulled the door of the car shut and sped off again. She came to a halt a short time later after sideswiping a bus and another car, when trying to squeeze between them at a crowded intersection. She, too, exited the vehicle with a cell phone against her ear, but dropped it as she ran into a neighborhood. She was soon apprehended.

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After 1:30 p.m., the male suspect re-emerged onto the streets, wearing a baseball cap and a different T-shirt. He was soon taken into custody.

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