Written by AARON CASTREJON
MOUNTAINS - An SUV stolen out of the Rose Hills Mortuary Wednesday was recovered, but not before the suspect evaded authorities up into the Azusa mountains.
The chase began at 4:37 p.m. May 15 from Rose Hills, 3888 Workman Mill Rd. Sheriff’s deputies gave chase, but decided to cancel the pursuit to handle other emergency calls, according to Lt. Robert Westphal of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station.
West Covina police officers soon gave chase and followed the suspect mostly north on Azusa Avenue where the suspect drove around stopped traffic by using a sidewalk and front yard.
The chase entered Azusa where the driver drove through an empty lot on the southeast corner of Foothill Boulevard and Azusa Avenue, drove over a sidewalk and accessed northbound Azusa Avenue again to the San Gabriel Mountains.
In a bizarre twist, the driver used the rough right shoulder of northbound San Gabriel Canyon Road to bypass wide-open road. The SUV’s tires spun wildly over the right shoulder until the SUV became stuck on the terrain.
The driver surrendered to West Covina Police without further incident.
Written by AARON CASTREJON | CityWatch Editor
PICO RIVERA - One driver was arrested after crashing and rolling a gold Toyota Corolla over an embankment on the 605 freeway Sunday morning.
The crash was reported around 5:27 a.m. on the north 605 north of Rose Hills Road. Passersby witnessed the Corolla go off the freeway, into the grass and bushes, roll over and land back on its wheels, according to California Highway Patrol traffic logs.
The driver was arrested by a CHP officer at 7:14 a.m., but the charges the suspect is accused of were not immediately known, according to Officer Peter Nicholson of the CHP.
Nicholson was unauthorized to give out the name of the suspect.
Other passersby reported the driver of the Corolla may have hit other vehicles and was driving in excess of 100 miles per hour prior to crashing.
The driver was not trapped and was able to self extricate from the Corolla. It appears the driver was the only occupant in the car and no one was transported to a hospital, according to Dispatch Supervisor Melanie Flores of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.