A City of Westminster police patrol car. Courtesy of the city
A City of Westminster police patrol car. Courtesy of the city

A 31-year-parolee, suspected of drunken driving, led police on a 100 mph chase from Westminster to Santa Ana, and forced his way into a stranger’s home before a police dog helped arrest him Sunday.

At the end of the chase, officers found a fake gun and drug paraphernalia in the black Mercedes Benz SUV driven by Timothy Ray Rodriguez, of Santa Ana, said Westminster police Sgt. Eddie Esqueda.

Westminster police attempted to pull over the SUV about 2:10 a.m. in the area of Bolsa Chica Road and Garden Grove Boulevard. Rodriguez failed to stop and, trailed by police, sped east on the Garden Grove (22) Freeway, Esqueda said.

He drove the SUV at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, exited in Santa Ana, and stopped in the driveway of a home in the 5400 block of Fifth Street. He ran from the SUV and entered the residence through an unlocked door, he said.

“Westminster officers safely evacuated the residents and the Westminster police canine was utilized,” he said. “Rodriguez was found hiding inside a bedroom and quickly surrendered to the police canine.”

There were no injuries to any officers or bystanders.

Rodriguez was arrested on suspicion of felony evading, probation violation, possession of drug paraphernalia, trespassing and driving on a suspended license, Esqueda said. Bail was not possible due to probation violation.

Westminster police asked anyone with any information regarding the suspect or vehicle chase to call them at (714) 548-3212.

–City News Service

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