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Motorist Tasered after four-hour freeway chase says he was trying to visit sister

March 1, 2011 |  7:28 am

Daniel Wachter

A man wearing a bathrobe and socks said he was trying to see his sister when he led California Highway Patrol officers on a four-hour, 200-mile freeway chase across Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

The chase ended Monday afternoon in a San Dimas parking lot when the motorist, identified by officials as Daniel Wachter, got into a foot chase with officers who then Tasered him, causing him to fall to the ground.

Officials said the pursuit began about 2 p.m. Monday just north of Castaic when a man driving a green sedan failed to pull over for a CHP officer who saw him speeding in lanes of the southbound 5 Freeway.

After a brief foray onto surface streets in Valencia, the man continued on Interstate 5 and then traversed several freeways -- including the 170, 134, 210 and 605, officials said.

He eventually got on Interstate 10 and headed west to Redlands in San Bernardino County, where he drove on surface streets and at one point paused at a gas station but then continued on.

As rush hour began, the driver headed west on the 10 Freeway back toward Los Angeles County.

In a brief interview after he was arrested, Wachter told KTLA that he was trying to visit his sister, who lived either in "Riverside or Santa Cruz."


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Photo credit: KTLA News