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4 burglary suspects in custody following high-speed chase

January 4, 2011 |  7:26 pm

Four suspected burglars were in custody Tuesday following a high-speed chase from Castaic to South Los Angeles.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Darren Harris said deputies responded shortly after 2 p.m. when a woman called the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station and reported that someone was in her home. She had entered the home in the 32000 block of Ridge Top Lane in Castaic and found her screen door had been removed. Harris said she then heard noises coming from an upstairs bedroom.

“She did the right thing and immediately left the home and ran to a neighbor’s house, where she called 911,” Harris said. “As deputies immediately converged on the area, the call was updated indicating that at least three suspects had run from the house, entered an SUV and fled.”

A deputy spotted the SUV near the Old Road and Sloan Canyon Road just as it was about to head onto the southbound 5 Freeway. When the vehicle refused to stop, the California Highway Patrol took over the chase near the 405 Freeway interchange.

After aggressively driving in and out of traffic at speeds up to 100 mph, the SUV exited the freeway at Vernon Avenue, where a PIT maneuver was used to spin the vehicle to a halt.

The four suspects were then detained by the CHP and Los Angeles police.


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