Orange County

Pursuit Driver Leads Officers on Chase to Downtown LA Where They Lose Sight of Vehicle

A white pickup truck believed involved in a residential burglary in Santa Ana led Orange County sheriff's deputies on a high-speed pursuit Saturday to downtown Los Angeles where they lost sight of the vehicle, authorities said.

It started at 8:45 p.m. in the Santa Ana area when deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress in the 9700 block of Rangeview Drive, said Orange County sheriff's Lt. Joe Gaul.

Deputies received word from the scene that a white pickup truck had taken off at a high rate of speed, Gaul said. It sped past arriving deputies who gave chase. It appeared "multiple subjects" were inside, he said.

The pursuit at speeds of 75 to 80 mph took deputies and a sheriff's helicopter to the Costa Mesa (55) Freeway north to the Artesia (91) Freeway then west to the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway and north to the Glen Anderson (105) Freeway, Gaul said.

The driver then went west on the Glen Anderson Freeway to the northbound Harbor (110) Freeway and used the HOV lane to speed past vehicles until traffic slowed near downtown, he said.

The truck got off the Harbor Freeway near Staples Center and the helicopter lost sight of it, bringing the pursuit to an end, Gaul said.

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