CHP car rammed; suspect jailed

first_imgPALMDALE – A 55-mile chase that topped 120 mph ended when the fleeing car turned onto a dirt road in Red Rock Canyon State Park and rammed a California Highway Patrol car, authorities said. Max Garcia, 32, of Lake Los Angeles, who sheriff’s records show had been arrested three times in the last five weeks on misdemeanor charges, was booked on suspicion of evading a peace officer, a felony. “He rammed the patrol car. There were no injuries,” Officer Henry Ross of the CHP said. The chase started about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday on Palmdale Boulevard, west of the Antelope Valley Freeway, after Palmdale sheriff’s deputies tried to stop a 1992 Honda Accord on suspicion the driver was drunk. The Honda sped off. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Two CHP officers saw the Honda as it got on the Antelope Valley Freeway headed north from 10th Street West in Palmdale. They said they chased it north into Kern County, reaching speeds of 120 to 130 mph. Mojave CHP officers joined as the chase went through their area on Highway 14. At Red Rock Canyon, about 20 miles north of Mojave, the fleeing car turned onto dirt Dove Springs Road. Then it made a U-turn and rammed the Lancaster CHP car, which disabled the Honda, CHP spokesman Ross said. The driver and his passenger were taken into custody and turned over to sheriff’s deputies. The passenger was not identified. Garcia was jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail on suspicion of evading a peace officer, drunk driving and drug possession. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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