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High-speed pursuit of stolen park police SUV ends in 2 arrests

November 21, 2011 | 11:24 am

Park police pursuit
A pursuit in the Santa Clarita Valley ended Monday on the 210 Freeway in Sylmar with the arrest of two suspects who had allegedly stolen a park police SUV.

The eastbound freeway was shut down as the Chevrolet SUV came to a stop shortly after 11 a.m. near the Roxford offramp in Sylmar. A female suspect, wearing handcuffs, was dragged out of the vehicle's back seat by CHP officers.

Next, the driver was pulled from the SUV by officers, who immediately handcuffed him.

The CHP had been chasing the park police vehicle through the streets of Newhall in a pursuit that caused at least two collisions.

The pursuit was first reported around 10:30 a.m. State park rangers had been taking two suspects into custody for possessing a stolen vehicle when one suspect was able to take control of the SUV and drive away.

The woman was in the back seat, handcuffed.

CHP officer Mike Harris said officers had fired shots at the vehicle.

"This has been one of the most dangerous pursuits I've been part of by far," he said.


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Photo: Monday's pursuit of a park police vehicle that was reported stolen ends on the 210 Freeway with two arrests. Credit: KTLA-TV