Driver Remains in Custody After Leading Police, CHP on 15-Mile Chase

posted: November 17th, 2012 09:28 am | 0No Comments

A man who was arrested hiding in a Flower Street garage after leading police on a chase from Westminster remains in Orange County jail without bail.

Lawrence Palomarez, 35, of Gardena was arrested Thursday afternoon and booked on suspicion of felony evasion and possession of stolen property, said Westminster police Sgt. Cameron Knauerhaze. A passenger, Priscilla Avalos, 39, of Anaheim, was booked on the same charges, he said, but jail logs indicated she has been released.

The incident closed parts of some Corona del Mar streets, and a police helicopter circled overhead as the incident moved from Jamboree Road to East Coast Highway.

Police said the chase began about noon when Westminster officers on patrol spotted a stolen 1996 Honda Accord. Officers tried to pull over the car, and a pursuit began on Interstate 405 near Goldenwest Street.

“Westminster PD requested CHP take over the pursuit and Santa Ana CHP units took over the pursuit near the 405 and 55,” said Todd Kovaletz, a California Highway Patrol spokesman, in an email. “The stolen vehicle exited at Jamboree and continued fleeing down city streets. The driver eventually made his way down to Corona Del Mar on PCH where he fled from the vehicle on foot.”

Witnesses said the passenger stayed in the car while the driver fled, running through Sherman Library & Gardens and in nearby alleys. The man was arrested on Dahlia Street, police said, when officers found him hiding in a garage.

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