Pursuit Exceeds 100 MPH Through Three Southern California Counties

The pursuit began after a traffic violation in the East Los Angeles and continued for more than an hour into San Diego County

Officers pursued a sport utility vehicle driver who reached speeds well above 100 mph on at least four different freeways Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles and Orange counties before he surrendered in San Diego County.

The pursuit began after a traffic violation in the East Los Angeles area just before 1 p.m. The Volvo sport utility vehicle driver, weaving in and out of lanes and reaching speeds of 100 mph, continued on the 60, 710, 605 and 5 freeways with California Highway Patrol vehicles in pursuit.

At about 1:30 p.m., at least three CHP sport utility vehicles were trailing the SUV on the southbound 5 Freeway in southern Orange County. The pursuit entered San Diego County about 15 minutes later and reached an estimated 120 mph as the driver squeezed between other vehicles and a concrete freeway divider in the Carlsbad area.

"Because he was using all lanes, (it was) extremely difficult to predict where he's going to be at the time that we are deploying the spike strip," CHP Officer Pete Kim said. "There were several attempts at it, however they were unsuccessful."

The driver pulled to the side of the 5 Freeway and surrendered at about 2 p.m. Officers said he ran out of gas.

No weapons were found inside the car, officers said.

The driver faces felony evasion charges, officers said. NBC4 is attempting to confirm reports that the occupant was wanted for a drug-related offense.

Vikki Vargas contributed to this report.

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