High-speed chase ends in Anaheim; DUI suspect leaves scene of accident

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Article Date: 11/3/2010 | Resource: MLG

High-speed chase ends in Anaheim; DUI suspect leaves scene of accident

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A 60-year-old man was arrested after leading officers on a high-speed chase through freeways and surface streets in Buena Park and Anaheim late Monday afternoon, police said.

The pursuit began just before 4:15 p.m. in Santa Fe Springs after a man in a pickup suspected of driving under the influence left the scene of a traffic accident at Alondra Boulevard and Valley View Avenue, said Lt. Steve Dean of the Whittier Police Department, which covers Santa Fe Springs.

Buena Park officers picked up the chase at Valley View and Caballero Boulevard just before 5:15 p.m., Buena Park police Sgt. William Kohanek said.

The driver weaved his way through several surface streets at speeds of 50 mph to 60 mph, Kohanek said, narrowly avoiding pedestrians while speeding through shopping centers and residential neighborhoods.

Buena Park officers followed the driver onto the 91 Freeway, and then transitioned to the 5 Freeway, hitting speeds of 70 mph to 80 mph. At one point, the driver suddenly hit his brakes while speeding on the freeway, forcing a collision with a chasing patrol car, police said.
The driver exited on East Street in Anaheim, striking at least one vehicle in the parking lot of Big A liquor and a patrol car as he turned from La Palma Avenue onto Acacia Street.

Buena Park and Anaheim units used a pursuit-interruption maneuver to stop the pickup on Acacia. The driver attempted to escape but was pinned by several patrol cars.

Surrounded by more than a dozen officers with their guns drawn and a canine unit waiting nearby, the male driver surrendered to police.

The driver, who police have identified as Lonnie Dotson of Anaheim, was taken to a hospital for facial injuries, Kohanek said.

Dotson is expected to be arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, hit and run and possibly driving under the influence, Kohanek said.

Two officers, one from Buena Park and one from Anaheim, were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

At least one person involved in the Santa Fe Springs traffic
collision was taken to UCI Medical Center, but the extent of their injuries wasn’t immediately clear, Dean said.

No pedestrians were injured during the pursuit.

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