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CHP chase speeds through Santa Clarita Valley

Motorist arrested in North Hollywood after speeds reach 120 mph

Posted: June 27, 2012 5:24 p.m.
Updated: June 27, 2012 5:24 p.m.


Felony charges are expected to filed against a Los Angeles man who allegedly led highway patrol officers on a 65-mile high-speed chase through the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys Wednesday.

Shortly after 2:30 p.m., a motorist traveling south on Interstate 5 in a black Toyota Camry was clocked by officers of the California Highway Patrol doing 110 miles per hour near Highway 138, said Sgt. Rick Miler of the CHP’s Newhall Station.

“He failed to yield to one of our officers,” Miler said shortly after the pursuit ended.

Within five minutes of the CHP report of the speeder, the motorist was captured by television helicopters weaving through afternoon motorists on the interstate.

The speeder swerved across all lanes of the freeway as he eluded CHP officers, heading southbound through the Santa Clarita Valley and through Newhall Pass.

“He reached a top speed of 120 miles per hour,” Miler said. “He was followed all the way down the (Hollywood Freeway) 170 to Magnolia (Boulevard) where he tried to hide in a parking structure.”

CHP officers relied on a police dog to lead them to the alleged speeder, Miler said.

No one was injured in the pursuit.

Carlos Martinez, of Los Angeles, faces a charge of felony reckless evading, Miler said.




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