A 31-year-old man was charged Monday with a hit-and-run collision during a chase with Huntington Beach police that ended at Cal State Long Beach.
Police were called about noon Thursday regarding a reckless driver going north on Pacific Coast Highway from Newland Street, according to Jennifer Carey, Huntington Beach’s public affairs manager. The suspect drove through several red lights, but when an officer on motorcycle attempted to stop the driver he kept going, triggering the chase, Carey said.
At some point the suspect was driving so fast the squad cars were called off and a helicopter was used to track him, Carey said. The chase continued north on Seal Beach Boulevard to the westbound Garden Grove (22) Freeway, Carey said.
The suspect crashed into a couple of vehicles and got out to run away at Cal State Long Beach, Carey said. A campus officer saw the suspect and gave chase until Huntington Beach police arrived and took him into custody, Carey said.
Zion McKenzie was charged with a count of failing to stop an a hit-and-run accident injury and evading police and reckless driving, both felonies, as well as misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest, falsely representing self to an officer and hit-and-run with property damage. He pleaded not guilty in the jail courtroom in Santa Ana and is scheduled for a pretrial hearing Nov. 2 in the West Justice Center in Westminster.