CYPRESS – A teenage boy who led authorities on a nearly half-hour pursuit through three Orange County cities after fleeing the scene of a freeway wreck was apprehended Sunday after being forcibly stopped by a California Highway Patrol officer, police said.
The driver, whose identity was not released because he is a minor, was sent to a local hospital; the extent of his injuries was not immediately known, said Cypress police spokesman Paulo Morales.
Cypress police were planning to arrest the driver upon his release from the hospital, Morales said.
“What he’s charged with will depend on the outcome of the investigation,” Morales said.
The pursuit began at 4:12 p.m. Sunday, after a driver in a silver Dodge pickup attempted to flee the scene of a two-car wreck he is believed to have caused on the westbound 91 freeway at Knott Avenue in Buena Park, Morales said.
It was not immediately clear whether the other party was injured in that wreck, but Morales noted that the teenager’s car had extensive front-end and roof damage from the collision.
“Considering the amount of damage, it wasn’t going to go that far,” Morales said.
A CHP officer who had just arrived at the scene saw the teenager leaving, and began pursuing him, he said. The teenager exited the 91 at Valley View Street and headed south on Valley View. He traveled through La Palma and then entered Cypress, Morales said.
Morales said he could not immediately confirm the route the driver took. But at one point, the driver stopped and threw his truck into reverse, causing the truck to smash into the front of a CHP patrol car behind it. The collision occurred on Ball Road west of Valley View; the CHP officer was not injured, Morales said. The teenage driver then resumed his forward motion.
At 4:36 p.m., a CHP officer performed a maneuver called a pursuit intervention technique, or PIT, to forcibly bring the truck to a stop at Walker Street and Marion Avenue in Cypress.
Morales said that at one point during the CHP chase, at least one shot was fired, but he noted it did not result in any injuries. Morales could not immediately confirm who fired the gunshot.
City News Service contributed to this report.
By SCOTT MARTINDALE / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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