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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1996 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man was killed early Tuesday in a shootout with two sheriff's deputies and a Los Angeles police officer at the end of a tire-screeching pursuit through the streets of Compton, authorities said. The chase began at 1:40 a.m., when the deputies tried to pull over a speeding gray Chevrolet Monte Carlo with its lights off near Compton Avenue and 105th Street in Watts, said Deputy Mark Bailey. The car raced away, heading south on Compton Avenue, and an LAPD officer joined the pursuit, Bailey said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1996
High-speed police chases are always cause for concern, and often prompt consideration of whether the practice is an appropriate way of apprehending fleeing suspects. Now, however, the timing of several incidents clustered in Orange County has led to even more discussion than usual, and brought on a justifiable review of police procedures. Over the recent holiday period, three high-speed chases, all involving such infractions as stolen material and a traffic violation, resulted in five deaths.
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May 18, 2000 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man accused of shooting at Buena Park police during a late-night car chase and his alleged accomplice were arrested after crashing into an Anaheim restaurant, authorities said Wednesday. James Allen Gamache, 33, and Melissa Doran, 19, were arrested after a pursuit that began in Buena Park and ended on West La Palma Avenue near North Brookhurst Street about 10:35 p.m. Tuesday. The stolen car they were in crashed into El Patio restaurant, Buena Park Police Sgt. Chris Nunez said.
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April 20, 1994 | THOM MROZEK
A North Hollywood woman has been sentenced to four months in jail for leading police on a high-speed chase while her 5-year-old son sat screaming in the passenger seat without a seat belt, authorities said Tuesday. Teresa Ann Weidenfeller, 33, was sentenced Monday after pleading no contest in Van Nuys Municipal Court to misdemeanor charges of child endangerment and hit-and-run driving. Driving a 1985 Pontiac Firebird and reaching speeds up to 70 m.p.h.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1991
Two people were killed and another seriously injured in a high-speed car crash that ended a police pursuit, officials said Monday. The chase began late Sunday in Maywood, where a local police unit chased a speeder eastbound on Slauson Avenue, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Rich Erickson. Chase speeds exceeded 90 m.p.h., Erickson said, but as the pursuit entered City of Commerce, the Maywood police sergeant in pursuit decided to end his chase, at about 10:20 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1995
A suspect in a jewelry store robbery fatally shot himself in the head Monday when he was cornered by an officer after leading police on a high-speed chase through Chinatown, authorities said. The suspect, who was not immediately identified, was pronounced dead at the scene. About noon Monday, two patrol officers spotted a vehicle speeding and running red lights.
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January 27, 1997 | FRANK B. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man who fled in his car after police responded to a potential domestic violence incident led officers on a 100-mph chase early Sunday before being captured near Bakersfield, where his tires were flattened and he was shot in the leg, authorities said. The chase began about 2:20 a.m., when police arrived at a home in the 11000 block of Allegheny Street, said LAPD spokesman Vince Aguirre.
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June 22, 1992 | RON SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It starts when a driver defies the flashing red light atop a police vehicle and speeds off. The situation can quickly take dangerous--and sometimes deadly--turns. Police say more and more suspects are willing to take the risk of trying to outrun the law. For their part, few law-enforcement officers look forward to the ensuing high-speed pursuits. "You could end up dead. Cops like pursuits less than anyone else," said California Highway Patrol spokesman Sam Haynes in Sacramento.
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March 8, 1993 | GARY GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Officially, the only defendant in a drunk-driving murder trial scheduled to start next month is Antonio D. Morales, a Ventura man accused of ramming a pickup truck into the back of a van and killing a 16-year-old girl. But in court papers, Morales' attorney has served notice that he hopes to put something else on trial: the high-speed-chase policies of the California Highway Patrol. Those policies, Deputy Public Defender Richard E.
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