A 43-year-old motorist allegedly driving under the influence led authorities on a pursuit in a stolen truck driving the wrong way on the Pasadena (110) and Golden State (5) freeways Saturday before ditching the vehicle and running to a family member's home in Lincoln Heights, authorities said.
Cesar Govea was arrested on suspicion of several charges, including assaulting a peace officer and possession of a controlled substance, the California Highway Patrol reported.
A little after 2 a.m., the CHP was requested by the Los Angeles Police Department to take over a pursuit of a white 2001 Chevrolet box truck, displaying a Missouri license plate registered to a different vehicle. CHP officers picked up the pursuit when the truck transitioned to the northbound Harbor (110) Freeway from the eastbound Santa Monica (10) Freeway.
Govea, the lone occupant inside the truck registered to him, allegedly drove about 60 to 70 miles per hour on the freeway and surface streets, running several red lights and stop signs in the Lincoln Heights area.
"Govea would intermittently re-enter and exit from surface streets, to both I-5 and I-110 going the wrong direction," the CHP said.
His truck side-swiped a big rig while going southbound in the northbound lanes of the Golden State (5) Freeway near Humboldt Street and continued going in the wrong direction, the CHP said, exiting the wrong way on an on-ramp.
Govea stopped the truck on Avenue 26 and ran to a balcony of an apartment building near Humboldt Street, which was a family member's home. He was taken into custody there.