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Woman arrested after chase from Orange County to Sherman Oaks

September 15, 2010 |  2:42 pm

Police apprehended a burglary suspect Wednesday who led police on a high-speed freeway chase from Orange County to Sherman Oaks.

The pursuit began in Mission Viejo in the early afternoon after a young woman allegedly stole items from a Bed Bath & Beyond and Victoria's Secret at a nearby mall, said Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

She led officers onto several freeways and on surface streets in Santa Ana and Garden Grove.

News television helicopters aired footage of officers pursuing the woman's silver Pontiac sedan through heavy traffic. Amormino said the car had been rented in Lawndale.

The chase ended at 2 p.m. Wednesday when the driver abruptly stopped on the side of the eastbound 101 Freeway near Van Nuys Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.

Officers surrounded the vehicle with guns drawn and after several tense minutes of negotiations, the woman, who was not identified, stepped out of her car. She was promptly handcuffed and taken into police custody.

-- Kate Linthicum