Car Chase Ends in Commerce

February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A woman wanted for reckless driving struck two cars Monday during a chase before surrendering in Commerce.

The chase began about 10:15 p.m. in the Lincoln Heights area, said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Mike Lopez.

It ended about 15 minutes later when the car driven by the suspect collided with another vehicle near the intersection of Telegraph Road and Garfield Avenue in Commerce.

The car driven by the woman also struck at least one other car during the chase, police said.

The woman was taken into custody and will likely be facing a felony failure to yield charge, Lopez said.

The people in the other vehicle involved in the crash only had complaints of pain, Lopez said.

Motorist Crashes Into Palm Tree After Leading Montebello Police in Pursuit

August 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Montebello police arrested a motorist who led them on a chase that ended when the SUV he was driving crashed into a palm tree in Santa Fe Springs Friday.

The pursuit ended about 8:25 a.m. at Florence Avenue and Orr and Day Road, said Montebello police Lt. Mike Flores. No injuries were reported. Police did not immediately release the name of the suspect.

Flores said the man was driving a Toyota 4-Runner that apparently was involved in a hit-and-run crash earlier Friday.

Officers saw the SUV and tried to pull over the driver at Montebello and Whittier boulevards in Montebello. The driver refused to pull over, and police pursued him to the location where the vehicle crashed, Flores said.


Boyle Heights Car Chase Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

February 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

A man who was shot by police after leading officers on a wild chase that began in Boyle Heights and ended on the Pomona (60) Freeway in Montebello pleaded not guilty last week to carjacking and other charges.

Aaron Lorta, 29, is charged with one count each of carjacking and fleeing a pursuing police officer’s vehicle while driving recklessly, along with three counts of attempted carjacking.

The criminal complaint alleges that Lorta wielded a replica handgun and was previously convicted in May 2013 of attempted robbery in Los Angeles County.

The chase began near the intersection of North Mott and Cincinnati streets around 5:15 p.m. Feb. 9 when officers attempted to intercept a vehicle they believed to be stolen.

The chase went through downtown Los Angeles and as far south as Lynwood. The driver allegedly pointed a weapon at a 22-year-old woman and took her car after hitting another vehicle at Imperial Highway and Garfield Avenue in South Gate.

The pursuit, which was shown on live television, ended after Lorta ran into the eastbound lanes of Via Campo near Garfield Avenue in Montebello, where he was shot by officers around 6 p.m.

Lorta was ordered to remain jailed in lieu of $615,000 bail. He is due back in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom March 13, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require him to stand trial.

If convicted as charged, Lorta could face up to 27 years and 10 months in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Suspect Sought in Commerce

February 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

A search was conducted in the Commerce area early Tuesday for a car thief.

The suspect, a male, fled in the stolen blue Honda Civic after a short vehicle pursuit that ended near the Citadel shopping outlets, a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy said.

The pursuit began in East Los Angeles, where the vehicle was originally reported stolen around 4:55 a.m., the deputy said. The pursuit ended near Telegraph Road after the stolen vehicle crashed into one or more other vehicles, according to reports from the scene.

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