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High-speed chase ends when suspect leaps from car, off overpass

September 14, 2012 | 11:38 pm

A man led California Highway Patrol officers on a late-night freeway chase Friday that at times reached speeds of 100 mph before jumping out of his moving car and off a freeway overpass in Fontana, officials said.

The chase began when a woman flagged down a police officer and told him that her car had just been stolen and pointed it out, said CHP dispatcher Charlaina Eustice.

Patrol officers gave chase, and the pursuit wound through Pomona on the 57 Freeway and onto the 10 Freeway, Eustice said. The suspect was making the transition from the 10 Freeway to northbound Interstate 15 when he jumped from his car, she said.

His moving car appeared to run over him before he plunged off the connector onto the pavement below, Eustice said.

Medics were on the scene tending to the suspect, but his condition was not immediately available.

The chase lasted 45 minutes, and at some point, police received a report that the suspect and the woman reporting the stolen car knew or were related to each other and had been fighting.

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