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Stolen SUV suspect leads authorities on chase in L.A. and Ventura Counties

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Posted at 2:45 PM, Jul 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-18 17:45:51-04

CASTAIC (CNS) - A man who stole an SUV from a customer at a Santa Monica dealership led authorities on a chase for over two hours Friday, from South Los Angeles to Ventura County, before being arrested in the Castaic area.

The man allegedly stole the Subaru from a person visiting a Santa Monica dealership "a few days ago," according to Sgt. Blake Cooper of the Santa Monica Police Department, but details were not immediately available.

The chase started about 6:15 p.m. Friday, the Los Angeles Police Department said. It was not immediately clear where the chase began. The driver had a woman with him at the beginning of the pursuit, but she got out, according to broadcast reports.

The suspect drove at high speeds up to 120 mph, ran red lights and stop signs, and weaved through traffic, sometimes almost hitting oncoming cars.

The Los Angeles Police Department stopped chasing the SUV in South Los Angeles, and the suspect drove through Palms and Venice and eventually to Santa Monica, where he got on the Pacific Coast Highway and made it to Ventura County.

The California Highway Patrol pursued the car back into Los Angeles County, and the suspect stopped at a Shell station near Parker Road and the Golden State (5) Freeway in the Castaic area, where he was taken into custody shortly before 9 p.m., KTLA reported.