A man wanted for drug violations and probation warrants led Anaheim police officers on a chase that began in Anaheim and ended with a crash in Fullerton and his arrest Friday morning by Anaheim police SWAT officers backed up by a police dog.
Members of the Anaheim Crime Task Force tried to make contact with the suspect around 8 p.m. Thursday when the suspect drove away and a pursuit began, according to Sgt. Daron Wyatt of the Anaheim Police Department. The exact location where the pursuit began was not disclosed.
During the chase, the suspect intentionally rammed an unmarked police unit, then ran from the crash scene. The investigator in the unmarked unit was not hurt, Wyatt said. The location of the crash was unknown.
Officers lost sight of the fleeing suspect in a residential neighborhood in the area of Yorba Linda and State College boulevards in Fullerton and a perimeter was set up to search for the man, Wyatt said.
During the search, a security camera at a home in the area captured images of the suspect armed with a handgun, prompting officers to call for the SWAT team to take over the search, he said.
“(SWAT) personnel searched yard-by-yard and the suspect was apprehended by Anaheim Police K9 around 1:30 a.m.,” Wyatt said. “The suspect was treated at the scene for dog bites and will be medically cleared at a local hospital prior to being booked.”
Officers searched for the handgun and other evidence.
The name of the suspect was not released.
An Anaheim police officer driving to the search area with lights and sirens activated was involved in a non-injury crash at Ball Road and Euclid Street, Wyatt said.
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