FOUNTAIN VALLEY — The California Highway Patrol on Thursday arrested six people, including four illegal immigrants hidden in the trunk of the car, following a high-speed chase that ended on a freeway off-ramp here where the driver and a passenger tried unsuccessfully to outrun officers.
No one was reported hurt in the 20-minute chase, which reached speeds of up to 107 mph.
Maria Bahema, 23, of San Diego was arrested on charges of evading officers and smuggling illegal immigrants across the border, said CHP Officer Joan Rivas.
The four people--three men and one woman--found in the trunk were turned over to immigration officers to be returned to Mexico. Rivas did not know whether charges would be sought against the other passenger, a woman whose name was not available Thursday.
The incident began at 10:20 a.m. when a four-door, teal-colored car did not stop at the border patrol checkpoint at San Clemente on northbound Interstate 5. A citizen placed a 911 call reporting that the driver of the car was driving recklessly at high speeds.