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Woman arrested, man sought after 120-mph chase ends in South L.A.

February 26, 2013 |  1:43 pm

One woman was taken into custody and police were seeking a male driver after a dangerous high-speed chase stretched from San Bernardino to South Los Angeles, with the vehicle being pursued narrowly missing several pedestrians, including children.

The pursuit began shortly after noon in Chino as authorities searched for two burglary suspects, the  California Highway Patrol said. The pursuit took place on the 71, 91, 60, 710, 105 and 110 freeways as the Lexus ES400 weaved in and out of traffic at speeds topping 100 mph.

In South Los Angeles, the driver exited at Florence Avenue and continued at speeds between 60 and 75 mph on surface streets, narrowly missing pedestrians including a boy on a skateboard, a couple wheeling a baby across the street and a little girl pulled out of the way at the last minute by a woman.

Shortly before 1 p.m., the male driver bolted from the car and, with a cellphone held to his ear, appeared to run into an apartment complex near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The woman who had been the passenger jumped into the driver's seat and drove off, leading officers on a brief chase that ended when she appeared to hit another vehicle.

She then ran, also with a cellphone at her ear, to another apartment complex before being arrested a short time later.


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Photo: A female suspect peers out from the back of a Los Angeles County sheriff deputy's patrol car after a dangerous, high-speed pursuit that started in Chino, crossed three county lines and ended on the streets of South Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times