A man in an allegedly stolen SUV led law enforcement officers on a chase from a Whittier-area cemetery to a mountain road above Azusa, where the suspect tried to go off-road, became stuck and eventually surrendered.
The chase began about 4:30 p.m. near Rose Hills cemetery off Workman Mill Road and from there proceeded slowly through the graveyard and into the Whittier, La Puente, West Covina and Azusa areas before the suspect headed into the mountains on San Gabriel Canyon Road.
The suspect, who eventually began driving erratically once West Covina police took over the chase from sheriff’s deputies, managed to avoid a spike strip and an attempted PIT maneuver. He drove at times on the wrong side of the road, jumped at least one median and ran red lights, according to broadcast reports.
Once on San Gabriel Canyon Road, he attempted to go inside the right guardrail, but ended up damaging the vehicle’s rear quarter panel and getting stuck.
After briefly spinning the SUV’s wheels, he surrendered to officers with guns drawn and was taken into custody about 5:30 p.m.
The SUV was reported stolen out of the Pico Rivera area, according to the sheriff’s department.