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CHP captures suspect in arson case off 91 Freeway

By in Press Enterprise on January 3, 2018

By Brian Rokos

California Highway Patrol officers on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 3, arrested a suspect who led law enforcement on a vehicle pursuit from southwest Riverside County to just west of the Riverside-Orange county line.

The suspect was wanted in an arson case, CHP Officer Ed Perez said.

The pursuit went along Highway 74, northbound on the 15 Freeway and westbound on the 91. The suspect was apprehended when he drove onto the bicycle trail near Green River Golf Course, Perez said. Details of the arrest, made by officers from the Santa Ana CHP office, were not immediately available.

The pickup was driving on flat tires after running over a police spike strip at the 91/15 interchange, Perez said.

  • The pickup being pursued by the CHP on the westbound 91 Freeway on Wednesday, Jan. 3, is shown. (Courtesy of Caltrans)

  • Westbound traffic on the 91 Freeway in Corona backed up because of a pursuit Wednesday, Jan. 3. (Courtesy of Caltrans)

    Westbound traffic on the 91 Freeway in Corona backed up because of a pursuit Wednesday, Jan. 3. (Courtesy of Caltrans)

  • CHP officers pursue an arson suspect in the 91 Freeway westbound toll/express lanes on Jan. 3, 2018. (Courtesy of Bryson Backstrom)

    CHP officers pursue an arson suspect in the 91 Freeway westbound toll/express lanes on Jan. 3, 2018. (Courtesy of Bryson Backstrom)

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Even though the pickup was traveling slowly, Perez said, officers were keeping their distance because the suspect was known to have high-powered weapons.

Westbound 91 traffic was heavy from the 15 to east of the 71, according to the Caltrans Quickmap.

The pursuit began in southwest Riverside County. The Sheriff’s Department turned over the pursuit to the CHP on the 15 at Temescal Canyon Road, Perez said.

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