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February 24, 1994 | CHIP JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A North Hollywood woman driving a stolen truck who fled from a motorcycle officer Wednesday after she was stopped for running a stop sign caused a three-car crash that critically injured a FEMA claims adjuster, authorities said. Anna Marie Hernandez, 27, who is known to police under half a dozen aliases, was booked on suspicion of felony driving under the influence, Los Angeles Police Detective Jim Mann said.
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December 15, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
A driver who led authorities on a high-speed chase through South Los Angeles before crashing downtown and apparently being shot by police was identified Sunday as a 51-year-old Oceanside man. Brian Newt Beaird was pronounced dead at California Hospital Medical Center at about 11:13 p.m. Friday, said Los Angeles coroner's Capt. John Kades. An autopsy on the cause of death is pending, Kades said. The pursuit began about 9:30 p.m. when L.A. County sheriff's deputies apparently tried to stop Beaird for driving recklessly.
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July 1, 2008 | Richard Winton and Victoria Kim, Times Staff Writers
A former gang member who won a $15 million judgment after he was shot and framed by corrupt Los Angeles police officers more than a decade ago was arrested Sunday night after leading Glendale police on a high-speed chase, his second arrest in a week, authorities said. Javier Francisco Ovando, 31, was arrested about 8:15 p.m. Sunday after leading police on an hour-long chase that reached speeds of up to 90 mph on local streets and freeways, said Sgt. Tom Lorenz of the Glendale Police Department.
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November 24, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
A passenger in a stolen car died in Long Beach on Sunday night after a police pursuit that ended on California 103 with the car veering down an embankment, the Long Beach Police Department said. Officers spotted the stolen vehicle about 7 p.m. at Pacific Coast Highway and Magnolia Avenue, Long Beach police spokeswoman Nancy Pratt said in an email. The driver refused to pull over and fled westbound on PCH. He attempted to get on the southbound 103 but lost control. The passenger died at the scene, while the driver fled on foot and was taken into custody a short distance away.
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October 20, 1997
Once again we read about a traffic fatality involving a "police pursuit" (Oct. 15). Why don't you call it what it really is--evading arrest or vehicular manslaughter. Place the blame where it belongs: on the violator in the fleeing car. Characterizations such as "police pursuit" indicate that it is the fault of the police that the followed car is violating numerous traffic regulations. The fault belongs only to the driver attempting to evade the police. The brake pedal is there. All he has to do is use it. KEN SOBEL Encino
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December 2, 1992
It seems that law enforcement officials have their priorities mixed up. The apprehension of the suspect comes first and public safety is second. Is not the violation of public safety the reason why a suspect is being pursued? RAMON MANJARREZ Valinda
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June 10, 2001
Re "Dangerous Pursuits," Letters, May 28: The letter writer from Irvine opposing police chases failed to offer a suitable alternative to this necessary practice. My only criticism of the police is their reluctance to take aggressive action to terminate the pursuit promptly. Their willingness to chase the vehicle for miles through several counties puts many motorists and citizens at risk. However, if accidents occur, the blame clearly belongs to the fleeing lawbreaker. We must realize that we all assume an element of risk to live in a society where the criminal element is apprehended and punished.
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December 31, 1989
Our readers wrote letters throughout 1989 expressing their viewpoints on a variety of issues. Here are condensed versions of some of those letters. We appreciate their taking the time to share their viewpoints and look forward to hearing from more of them in 1990. We were very saddened to read about the tragic deaths of Jessica Warren and Dawn Hammond, victims of the police pursuit on Christmas morning. We were saddened not only because we know of the sorrow of the family and friends but also because the circumstances might have been prevented had a jury voted to find the Costa Mesa police guilty in their pursuit of Ruben Valle on Dec. 12, 1984.
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July 24, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A couple suspected of fleeing police in a vehicle in Santa Ana smashed into a car carrying four family members, including two young boys who were injured in the crash, authorities said Wednesday night. Among the five people injured in the collision were the 4-year-old and 10-year-old brothers. The younger boy had light trauma injuries and the older one had moderate injures, said Division Chief Kris Concepcion of the Orange County Fire Authority. Their parents received minor injuries and the man driving the vehicle that was being pursued suffered broken bones in his lower extremities, Concepcion said.
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June 2, 2013 | By Victoria Kim
A motorist accused of causing a fatal four-car crash while fleeing police has been booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, authorities said Sunday. Officers attempted to stop Jose Arrellano, 20, for reckless driving Saturday afternoon when he drove off, according to officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department. Police said officers briefly lost sight of his Chevy Suburban it rammed into three cars at an intersection in El Sereno. The collision killed 23-year-old Julio Cesar Reyes-Salvador of Los Angeles, whose car was crushed from the impact.
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May 30, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
A suspect shot by police Thursday afternoon before a car chase on the streets of Santa Ana has died, authorities said. Three other men who sped away from the scene of the shooting are in custody after they hit and fatally injured a pedestrian with the vehicle they were in, police said. Santa Ana police spokesman Anthony Bertagna said officers were near the West Central Avenue and South Rosewood Avenue when they saw "some kind of criminal activity. " "They contact these individuals, that contact escalates into a physical altercation, and that escalates into an officer-involved shooting," Bertagna said, stressing that the exact details of the incident remain unclear.
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May 30, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
A short police pursuit and officer-involved shooting in Santa Ana ended Thursday afternoon shortly after suspects struck and killed a pedestrian with a car, police said. Around 11:45 a.m., officers began pursuit of what they believed to be four armed suspects in a white compact car, according to Santa Ana police spokesman Anthony Bertagna. The pursuit began in the 1000 block of Central Avenue, when one of the four suspects got out of the vehicle and authorities said the officer-involved shooting occurred.
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October 4, 2012 | By Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
It was after 1 a.m. Wednesday when an Orange County sheriff's deputy first spotted someone driving recklessly down Del Obispo Street. The deputy figured the driver was drunk, and after he failed to yield, a pursuit through San Juan Capistrano began. As the car headed about four miles southwest into Dana Point, another deputy joined the pursuit, chasing the Chevy Aveo until it crashed into a tree in the center median of Dana Point Harbor Drive. The driver managed to bail from the car and run toward the water, just as the Aveo went up in flames.
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September 12, 2012 | By Andrew Blankstein, Joel Rubin and Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times
Even in the land of police chases, it was a wild ride. A pair of bank robbery suspects Wednesday led cops on a bizarre, dangerous pursuit, hurling fistfuls of stolen cash from their car in a failed getaway bid that sent hundreds of people scrambling into the path of oncoming police cars as they lunged after the flying bills. Although it was almost certainly a self-serving gambit meant to slow their pursuers, the robbery suspects' decision to share the loot in such brazen fashion made them instant heroes to many in the impoverished South L.A. neighborhoods where the chase came to an end. PHOTOS: Bank robbery suspects toss money "It's our neighborhood stimulus package!"
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March 3, 2011 | By Joel Rubin, Andrew Blankstein and Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times
It was shortly after midnight, 20 years ago Thursday, when George Holliday awoke to the sounds of police sirens outside his Lake View Terrace apartment. Grabbing his clunky Sony Handycam, he stepped out on his balcony and changed the Los Angeles Police Department forever. The nine minutes of grainy video footage he captured of Los Angeles police beating Rodney King helped to spur dramatic reforms in a department that many felt operated with impunity. The video played a central role in the criminal trial of four officers, whose not-guilty verdicts in 1992 triggered days of rioting in Los Angeles in which more than 50 people died.
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March 31, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein
The Burbank Police Department and Los Angeles County district attorney's office launched investigations Tuesday into the actions of officers who tried to stop a high-speed pursuit by firing at the suspect while he was stopped in rush-hour traffic. Officials said they are looking at the tactics used Monday afternoon by the Burbank officers, who fired at the suspect on two occasions during the wild chase. Of biggest concern is one officer's decision to fire into the suspect's stolen sport utility vehicle while he was in the middle of traffic on Barham Boulevard near the 101 Freeway.
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