Possible Teen Abduction Suspect Arrested After Orange County Freeway Chase

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A 31-year-old man police think may be a suspect in an attempted abduction of a teenage girl was arrested following an nearly hourlong chase today.

Police attempted to pull over a pickup truck driven by Andrew Pio at about 2:30 p.m. at Lambert Road and Sunflower Street in Brea because the vehicle matched the description of the truck used in the attempted abduction of a 13-year-old girl March 31, according to Anaheim Police Department Sgt. Steve Pena.

Pio did not pull over and led police on a high-speed chase that lasted for nearly an hour along the 57 and 5 freeways, Pena said. 

California Highway Patrol officers flattened some of the tires on the vehicle and a trailer it was hauling with spike strips, Pena said. 

Pio jumped out of the driver's seat to unhook the trailer near the La Paz Road off-ramp of the Santa Ana Freeway, giving officers a chance to take him to the ground in an arrest, Pena said.

Pio complained of pain to his head and neck and had some minor scratches, Pena said, so he was taken to an area hospital for treatment. 

On Saturday, police confirmed that Pio was connected to the attempted abduction of the girl in the 2600 block of West Ball Road as she walked home from Dale Junior High School, Pena said. 


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Pio, who lives in an unincorporated area near Anaheim, was booked on suspicion of leading police on a chase, Pena said.

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