Written by AARON CASTREJON
MONTEREY PARK - Suspected catalytic converter thieves fled Monterey Park Police in two different vehicles, setting off a police pursuit and two crashes, with one suspect dying at the scene.
Police attempted to contact two men opening vehicle doors parked at a closed business January 5 in the 700 block of Monterey Pass Road around 5:22 p.m. A gold Nissan fled the scene and rammed a patrol car to exit the property, Monterey Park Police said.
The Nissan driver got away. Officers soon began pursuing a black Mercedes that also fled the scene, Monterey Park Police said.
The Mercedes fled north on Monterey Pass Road, lost control, struck a curb and crashed. Both occupants in the Mercedes were hospitalized for their injuries.
While detaining the two suspects, an overturned Nissan was discovered across the street after it hit a concrete wall. The driver was partially ejected and died at the scene, Monterey Park Police said.
The arrested suspects were identified as 25-year-old Huntington Park resident Diego Ramirez and 31-year-old Wendy Mireles of Pico Rivera.
Ramirez and Mireles were both booked on suspicion of attempted grand theft.
Ramirez was additionally booked on suspicion of felony evading, vandalism and trespassing.
Both suspects are scheduled for an appearance in Alhambra Superior Court Tuesday, January 7.