SANTA ANA – A 33-year-old man was arrested Sunday morning following a police pursuit in Santa Ana that damaged a fire hydrant and led into a private backyard, police said.
Santa Ana police said they responded to a call of shots being fired in the 1700 block of West Willits Street about 3:40 a.m. and noticed a suspicious vehicle. When they attempted a traffic stop, the driver of the black Mazda fled, according to authorities.
Police say that, while officers were in pursuit, three passengers bailed out of the car. Shortly after, the driver lost control and hit a fire hydrant in the 500 block of South Pacific Avenue then continued on foot, police said.
The man reportedly led officers into a backyard, where he fell into a swimming pool and then was captured a block away.
The driver was charged with misdemeanor evading, but police are investigating possible connection with the shooting.
Police are still looking for the three men who bailed out of the car.
BY CHRISTOPHER EARLEY / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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