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Alleged Porsche-wheel thief arrested after 100-mph chase

October 16, 2011 |  7:30 am

A man found allegedly stealing wheels off a Porsche in Garden Grove rammed a police car and then led officers on a high-speed chase, police said.

A resident of a condo complex on the 10500 block of Lakeside North reported hearing a possible prowler outside at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday. When police arrived, they found two men in the process of stealing wheels from a Porsche in a carport, authorities said.

The men fled, and one was captured near the scene, police said. The other man, identified by police as Robert Caruso, 41, of Corona, got into a car, rammed it into a responding officer's vehicle and drove off, according to a police statement. The officers were not injured.

Caruso led officers on a chase on the 22, 55 and 91 freeways, reaching speeds over 100 miles per hour, police said. He exited the 91 on Tustin Avenue, and crashed into a curb at Lambert and Tustin, then fled on foot before being captured, according to police. He was captured and arrested on suspicion of assault on a police officer and parole violation.

The other suspect, identified by police as Joseph Precilse, 42, of Garden Grove, was arrested on suspicion of grand theft.

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