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Woman arrested after chase from Orange County to Sherman Oaks


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

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This was one of the most horrific car chases i've ever witnessed.


lol items from "Victoria's Secret" and "Bed Bath & Beyond" hmmmm I wonder what SHE had in mind? probably didn't have the money to shop for it!

Over lingerie and bath products, seriously? Thousand of lives were put in danger through 2 counties for a misdemeanor? Do the words, "over-kill" mean anything?

Open fire next time and save some $$.

What does a Horrific Car Chase Entail?

All that for a shoplifter? That's madness.

What is Cool about a Young Lady being handcuffed and Led away? Let her also thank her Lucky Starts that the CHP did not Shoot her. If it had been one of the Uneducated Morons that wear and Disgrace the Sheriff's Clown Suit, they woould have told her once to get out, then, about 4 Seconds later they would have Emptied their Rounds into her Unarmed Body, all because the Idiots Feared for their Lives. Not to Fret, help is on the way. Soon New Legislation that Prohibits the use of Lethal Weapons and thats good. The Ignorant Disrespectful Cops can Subdue an Individual without having to Kill them. No wonder people call Cops Pigs.

A ridiculous chase that could have been completely prevented. The officers should have abandoned the chase and arrested the woman at home. They knew her license plate number, they had no reason to believe the car was stolen. There was no immediate danger to the public by allowing the woman to escape and detectives to track and arrest her.

The supervisors who permitted this chase to continue across an entire county should be disciplined severely.

If a person runs to that extent, chances are they have more than just shop lifting going on. Personally, I don't see the benefit of letting a criminal go no matter the crime. After a while, they will all run, and statistics show that just because the cops stop chasing, they don't stop running.

another idiot from lawndale!

deport her

I agree with Anon-1. this woman was trying to impress some man and went as far as stilling sexy lingerie and bath products for him. When will we wake up. JMO

Did anybody check her immigration status?

Don, as opposed to be married to an animal . . .

lol, couldn't resist

Time for police helicopter's to be retrofit with sidewinder missiles, taking care of the problem in five seconds.

She rented the car--it wasn't hers.

@Anon-II: So when men do something wrong it is their fault, and when women do something wrong it is men's fault too? Don't be sexist.

This woman is a criminal for her own purposes. I'm sure this is not the first time she has shoplifted, it is only the first time she was caught.

Cops exagerated this whole chase. Why endanger innocent people over some items from Bed Bath & Beyond. Cops in our great State of California are morons! And NO, they're not heros!

"This was one of the most horrific car chases i've ever witnessed"...take a chill pill dude.

Wow...Don -Posted by: Don | September 15, 2010 at 03:58 PM - you are an idiot. Period.

Jim...same goes for you buddy -Posted by: Jim | September 16, 2010 at 10:26 AM .
Work just one day as a law enforcement officer and you will eat your words...but then again sounds like you've walked the wrong path once or twice and you've been caught..now you're bitter.
Get them a waaambulance !


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