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February 18, 1999 | From Associated Press
Two simultaneous police chases on Southern California freeways Wednesday ended with the arrests of two teenagers who abandoned an allegedly stolen van near Disneyland, authorities said, and a suspected robber in a station wagon. Both chases were broadcast live on television, and at one point the fleeing vehicles came within 2 miles of each other as police helicopters followed. The California Highway Patrol began chasing a white Chevrolet Astrovan at 11:38 a.m.
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December 27, 1998
A 19-year-old man was in custody Saturday after police chased him in squad cars, fired shots at him and subdued him following a foot chase in Santa Ana. Residents called police with complaints about a man driving around with a gun on South Spruce Street about 7:20 p.m. Friday, said Sgt. George Kopitch. Nearby, police attempted to pull over a car going west on Edinger Avenue. The car sped away, with police in pursuit, stopping a short distance later on South Shelley Street, Kopitch said.
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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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October 15, 1998 | CITY NEWS SERVICE
A motorcyclist who led police on a chase from Anaheim to Long Beach on Wednesday parked in front of the Police Department there, walked to the front door, lay down and waited to be handcuffed. The pursuit started at 1:26 p.m. in Anaheim when an officer tried to stop two motorcyclists for traffic infractions. They sped off and an ensuing chase lasted about 20 minutes, until they pulled into a shopping center in Buena Park, said Anaheim Police Sgt. Joe Vargas.
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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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