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Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison in Connection With Pursuit That Shut Down 91 Freeway

The pursuit driver refused to exit the car after leading authorities from Compton to Anaheim Hills on May 5, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

The pursuit driver refused to exit the car after leading authorities from Compton to Anaheim Hills on May 5, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

A 26-year-old man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday in connection with leading authorities on a pursuit from Compton to Anaheim Hills that shut down the 91 Freeway in May, officials said.

John Raymond Lopez, of Norwalk, pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon, fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle while driving recklessly and transport of a controlled substance, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Lopez also admitted that he was previously convicted of assault on a peace officer or firefighter in 2014.

The pursuit occurred on May 5 when Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies in Compton spotted a vehicle believed to be involved in a crime.

Lopez sped off onto the 91 Freeway when authorities attempted to pull him over, prosecutors said.

During the two-hour pursuit, Lopez hit several cars and injured a driver. He was then involved in a standoff with authorities in Anaheim Hills that shut down the freeway.

He was eventually extracted from the vehicle and taken into custody.

Lopez was found in possession of a “large amount” of drugs and officials said the vehicle he was in belonged to someone else.