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December 29, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports
Actor Christian Slater was arrested today for allegedly assaulting a sheriff's deputy in an altercation that followed a chase by car and on foot, officials said. Slater, 20, of Van Nuys, was booked into the West Hollywood sheriff's station on $3,000 bond following his 1 a.m. arrest.
September 6, 1990 | CHRISTOPHER PUMMER
A high-speed chase along the Ventura Freeway through Ventura ended early Wednesday with the arrest of two men and a woman from the Sacramento area suspected of shooting at a passing motorist, a California Highway Patrol spokeswoman said. According to authorities, a driver called 911 by cellular phone at 2:38 a.m. to report a drive-by shooting. Neither the driver nor the car was hit.
February 3, 2000
A man who led police on a chase through Reseda in November has been sentenced to nearly eight months in jail, authorities said. Roberto Orellana, 28, of Van Nuys was sentenced Tuesday in Van Nuys Superior Court to 240 days in jail after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of evading an officer with reckless driving, said city attorney's spokesman Mike Qualls. Orellana also admitted violating his probation on a 1997 domestic violence conviction, Qualls said.
March 13, 1993 | BLAINE HALLEY
A Palmdale man was in custody Friday after allegedly taking a car at gunpoint and leading police on a high-speed chase that left three deputies injured and two patrol cars totaled, authorities said. Jason Burdette, 23, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after he ran into a ditch at 40th Street East and Avenue S on Thursday night, ending the pursuit.
February 29, 2008 | Susannah Rosenblatt and Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writers
A Los Angeles police officer shot and killed a man carrying an object later identified as a microphone stand after a traffic stop and chase Wednesday night in Van Nuys. Capt. Kris Pitcher of the Los Angeles Police Department's Force Investigation Division said Thursday that it was "far too early" to make any judgments about the incident that left Byron San Jose, 25, dead at the scene. Pitcher declined to say whether the officer thought the stand and its tripod were a weapon.
September 18, 1992 | PATRICK McCARTNEY
Two armed men who allegedly held up a Ventura liquor store Thursday led police on a 105 m.p.h. chase up and then down the Conejo Grade before they crashed their stolen car in Camarillo, authorities said. The chase covered about 25 miles on freeway and surface streets through Ventura, Camarillo and Thousand Oaks.
April 12, 1991
Two suspected car thieves fleeing Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies Thursday dodged into a vacant house in Canyon Country and one surrendered after a five-hour standoff with a SWAT team, the Sheriff's Department reported. The other man managed to slip out the back of the house, probably before the area was cordoned off, and eluded capture, Deputy Hal Grant said. The arrested man was identified as Tony Shane Wilson, 22, of Canoga Park, deputies said.
October 1, 2004 | From Associated Press
Justin Strzelczyk, a former player for the Pittsburgh Steelers, died Thursday in a fiery head-on collision with a tanker truck after he led state troopers on a 40-mile chase during morning rush hour in Herkimer, N.Y. State police identified Strzelczyk, 36, an offensive lineman with the Steelers for nearly a decade until the team released him in February 2000.
After leading police on a chase down Coast Highway in a pouring rain Tuesday, a San Juan Capistrano woman was apprehended by authorities as her twin 2 1/2-year-old daughters looked on. Ten patrol cars from the Orange County Sheriff's Department converged on Tammy Michelle Losee, 31, who was arrested shortly after 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of Marguerita Avenue and Dana Strand Road, which overlooks the southern end of Dana Point Harbor.
February 27, 2003 | Jill Leovy and Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writers
Ratcheting up the pressure on TV news stations in a city transfixed by car chases, Los Angeles' top law enforcement officials made a public appeal to media bosses Wednesday to reduce their coverage of police pursuits. Flanked by Police Chief William J. Bratton and county Sheriff Lee Baca, Mayor James K. Hahn told a news conference that ceaseless coverage of local car chases is dangerous, and incites suspects to flee.
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