A 47-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday and was immediately sentenced to five years in prison for an alcohol-fueled police chase through Orange County that ended with a crash that injured two people.
The chase started about 8 p.m. April 24 on the border of Villa Park and Orange, said Carrie Braun of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
When officers tried to make a traffic stop of the pickup truck driven by Jose Gelacio Carrera Vasquez, he refused to stop and led police on a chase that reached speeds “north of 100 mph,” Braun said.
The sheriff’s deputy that attempted to pull him over lost sight of the suspect and sent out a county-wide broadcast about the suspect vehicle, Braun said.
An officer from the Orange Police Department caught up with him, but a watch commander terminated the pursuit because of the high speeds just moments before the collision with a van, Braun said.
The crash occurred about 8:25 p.m. on Tustin Avenue at Santa Clara Avenue in Santa Ana, police said. The van was westbound on Santa Ana Avenue, police said.
Two people in the van were injured, including one person who was taken to a hospital in critical condition, Braun said.
Vasquez pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, evading a peace officer-reckless driving, failure to stop at a hit-and-run with injury, all felonies.
Vasquez also admitted sentencing enhancements for inflicting great bodily injury on the victims and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest.