Driver Arrested After Marathon SUV Pursuit With Children in Car

A pursuit that began in the Joshua Tree area covered more than 130 miles before continuing on freeways and streets in the Los Angeles area.

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A SUV pursuit that began more than 130 miles away in the Joshua Tree area came to an end Wednesday when the driver pulled over on a street in southern Los Angeles County, revealing a baby was onboard the whole time.

The pursuit started in the Indio area in Riverside County and traveled west into LA County on the 10 Freeway. The driver was wanted for an expired registration, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A chase that began in the Riverside County desert ends more than 130 miles away in southern LA County. Video broadcast Nov. 11, 2020.

The California Highway Patrol received reports that there were two children in the SUV. A 13-year-old and a 3-month-old baby were inside the vehicle.

The SUV, possibly a 1990s Lincoln Navigator, was clocked at speeds above 100 mph in the Whittier area as the driver headed toward Long Beach. The driver exited onto streets and Long Beach and entered Compton before taking the 110 Freeway into the San Pedro area.

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The driver pulled a U-turn and stopped on the side of a street in Wilmington, where patrol SUVs converged on the Navigator. At least two carseats were taken from the SUV by two people who approached the SUV.


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Authorities said the driver ended the chase near the grandmother's apartment, where the children were safely dropped off.

The driver was then chased down by officers and arrested.

He and the children did not suffer an injuries. The driver's name was not yet released.

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