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November 26, 1998 | JASON KANDEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Police said Wednesday that they struggled to find nonlethal ways to subdue a suspected carjacker who was ultimately gunned down and killed when he rushed officers while brandishing a knife. Pepper spray, shotgun-launched beanbag rounds, a snarling police dog and darts that provide an electric jolt all failed to coax the man out of the van that he allegedly stole at knife-point before leading Huntington Beach police on a high-speed chase that ended when he crashed the vehicle in Santa Ana.
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October 16, 1998 | HARRISON SHEPPARD
A naked man fleeing a traffic accident threatened a 2-year-old girl with a knife and then locked himself inside a Westminster home for four hours Thursday, police and witnesses said. A SWAT team surrounded the house, and the man gave up after police threatened to fire tear gas into the building. Officials said Thursday night they do not know why Jeffrey M. Engelman, 36, of Rancho Palos Verdes was naked while driving, or why he fled from the collision.
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September 2, 1998 | JOHN CANALIS
A carjacking suspect who led police on a 19-mile pursuit from Garden Grove to Long Beach and back surrendered early Tuesday when officers used a strip of spikes to blow out his tires, police said. Galindo Moses, 20, of Santa Ana was arrested at 12:05 a.m. at Magnolia and Trask avenues on suspicion of an Aug. 29 carjacking in La Palma, evading arrest and possession of stolen property, police said. The car he was driving, a 1990 Toyota Camry, was stolen at gunpoint by three men.
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July 12, 1998 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A high-speed chase that began in Sunset Beach on Saturday morning ended in a crash that injured the driver, whom police booked on suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle. About 10 a.m., Seal Beach police spotted a gold 1995 Lexus that had been reported stolen in Laguna Beach in April, Sgt. Rick Ransdell said. Police tried without success to stop the car, which was being driven by Richard White, 35, of Newport Beach, and also contained a passenger.
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July 3, 1998 | STEVE CARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A police officer shot and killed a man who lunged at him with a knife after a foot chase Thursday, witnesses and police said. Officers had responded to a call at 12:15 p.m. about a man with a knife near an apartment in the 9800 block of Central Avenue, Lt. John Woods said. In the next block, the officers saw a man, later identified as Hao Dinh Vu, 34, of Garden Grove, waving the weapon, but as they approached, he scaled a fence, Woods said.
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July 1, 1998 | STEVE CARNEY
A driver led officers on a 17-mile chase into Los Angeles County early Tuesday after he refused to pull over, police said. About 3:45 a.m., two officers tried to stop a 1981 Buick Regal at Beach Boulevard and Malvern Avenue for a traffic violation, Sgt. Ken Coovert said. The driver refused to pull over, and fled west on the Artesia Freeway, he said.
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June 17, 1998 | VALERIE BURGHER
A foiled narcotics deal in Fullerton on Tuesday spurred a pursuit that crossed into Los Angeles County and ended when the suspects' car collided with another vehicle in Cerritos, police said. Officers approached a man and woman they believed were conducting a prearranged methamphetamine sale just before 5 p.m. at Euclid Street and Orangethorpe Avenue, Fullerton Police Lt. Danny Becerra said.
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June 15, 1998
Three Placentia police officers suffered minor injuries when an alleged drunk driver fought off attempts to arrest him, officials said Sunday. Several officers had been summoned about 3:30 a.m. Saturday to a report of a reckless driver in the 1300 block of East Orangethorpe Avenue in Placentia, a police spokesman said. As the officers completed the traffic stop, the driver allegedly reversed his car and rammed a police car before leading police on a pursuit, authorities said.
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April 18, 1998 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
California Highway Patrol officers in cars and two law enforcement helicopters chased a speeding motorcyclist over the San Diego and Santa Ana freeways and then through residential streets of Lake Forest and Irvine early Friday morning before arresting a Marine, authorities said. Marco Antonio Romero, based at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, was booked on suspicion of evading arrest and reckless driving, CHP Officer Scott Smith said. The chased started about 12:40 a.m.
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March 25, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
A North Tustin man who allegedly threatened his estranged wife with a knife led authorities on a chase at speeds exceeding 100 mph until his car went over a spike strip and crashed, authorities said Tuesday. John Allen Paquette, 36, was treated for cuts and scrapes to his leg sustained in the car crash and got stitches for dog bites before he was booked into the Orange County Jail.
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