Suspected kidnapping suspect flees from authorities in LA, OC counties

A suspected kidnapping suspect led authorities on a dangerous chase in Los Angeles and Orange counties until the pursuit came to a dramatic end Thursday night.

IRVINE, California (KABC) – A suspected kidnapping suspect led the authorities to a dangerous chase in the Los Angeles and Orange provinces until the chase ended dramatically Thursday night.

The suspect, who was in a red 2009-2015 Toyota Venza with passengers inside, fled at high speeds with a female victim in the rear seat of the vehicle and a second suspect on the passenger side.

Palmdale deputies said the abduction was reported at 10:50 am. in Palmdale.

The California Highway Patrol assisted Palmdale delegates in the chase. Authorities said they started following the vehicle in Newhall Pass and initiated the chase in the Van Nuys area, where the vehicle left the 405 Freeway at Sherman Way and refused to cross.

After a few minutes on highways and driveways, the driver stepped across the street in the Gardena area, at one point heading in the wrong direction on Artesia Boulevard.

The suspect stepped on the highway in a southerly direction onto 110 Freeway with an average speed of approximately 70 to 80 mph.

The chase found its way through the Vincent Thomas bridge with two patrol cars nearby.

The suspect stepped on the 710 and then the 405 Freeway Highway in the Long Beach area.

As the suspect made his way to Orange County, a bottle was thrown out of the passenger’s window while in Westminster on the 405. It was the third item that was thrown out of a window during the chase.

The vehicle reached speeds of up to 100 mph when the chase reached the Irvine area.

The red vehicle suddenly started to slow down and turn away because the gas seemed to run out. The driver got out of the car with his arms raised and was detained without incident.

The man on the passenger side took a few minutes to get out of the car and seemed to be talking to the woman in the back seat.

The woman finally got out with her arms raised and walked back to officers. Meanwhile, the suspect lit a cigarette in the passenger seat while he was still in the car with his arms out the window.

Officers eventually approached the vehicle while they were armed and pulled the suspect out. He seemed to be paralyzed from the waist down. Agents helped lift his wheelchair out of the trunk and charged it while they put it on handcuffs.

Written by Tommy Kilmer

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