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Carmageddon: Suspect in freeway chase avoids 405 shutdown

July 17, 2011 |  7:43 am


The more some things change, the more they stay the same.

While "Carmageddon" caused some motorists to stay home, there was still a high-speed L.A. freeway chase to transfix local TV viewers Saturday night.

In fact, light traffic from the 405 closure may have cleared a path for the fleeing driver.

The chase began about 8 p.m.

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A routine drunk-driving stop in the San Fernando Valley turned into a wide-ranging, high-speed chase, with police and the California Highway Patrol tailing a black Hyundai across several freeways and two counties. 

The driver apparently knew enough to avoid the 405, taking a looping route that hit almost every other freeway in the region, including the 101, the 5, 605, 60, 15, the 210 -- both east and westbound -- then the 10 west and ultimately the 5 again.

The speeding vehicle traveled at speeds of 80 to 85 mph most of the way.

A man and a woman inside the car were seen dumping white objects out the window, a highway patrol official said. One of the people in the car was a parolee facing a third strike, said Krystal Carter of the CHP. 

The chase finally ended about 11:20 p.m. Interstate 5 in the Grapevine. Two suspects were arrested without incident.


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-- Jason Felch and Shelby Grad

Photo: Los Angeles police pursue a car they say was driven by a parolee facing a third strike. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times