2 arrested after wild stolen car chase

Posted at 10:32 AM, Jun 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-04 15:28:40-04
CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- A wild police pursuit of a stolen car suspect and later his alleged accomplice led to the arrest of two different people in Chula Vista, a San Diego sheriff's sergeant said today.
Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of stolen Honda Accord at the Palomar Trolley Station at 601 Palomar St. at 6:50 p.m. Friday, according to sheriff's Sgt. Leonel Gurrola.
A deputy saw the stolen car with a suspect behind the wheel, Gurrola said. The suspect was later identified as 32-year-old Hector Rafael Areu. The driver apparently spotted the deputy and Areu drove out of the parking lot.
Deputies tried to stop Areu on the road, but he refused to pull over, according to Gurrola. Instead, he sped up. He tried to negotiate a turn at a high rate of speed and blew out one of his tires. Areu then got out of the car and ran away on foot.
Areu was later spotted at a nearby apartment complex where he got into a maroon sedan that was driven by a woman, according to Gurrola. The female driver was later identified as Lorena Valdez. Deputies tried to stop her car but Valdez put it into reverse and sped away.
Valdez finally stopped the car on the northbound 805 Freeway, just before the Olympic Parkway exit in Chula Vista. Valadez was then detained at the car but Areu got out and ran away again. He was then located hiding in a two-story storage shed in the backyard of a home at 1552 Ocala Ave., where he was finally taken into custody.
Valdez was arrested and booked on charges of harboring a felony suspect and evading peace officers. Areu was arrested and booked on auto theft and evasion charges.