A pursuit ended in a standoff between the female driver of a blue Corvette and authorities in Santa Ana early Monday evening, causing a traffic backup during rush hour.
The chase began after a driver failed to yield to the California Highway Patrol on the 55 Freeway near Chapman Avenue in Orange, according to a CHP spokesman.
The pursuit came to a halt at Edinger Avenue and Auto Mall Drive, shortly after the Corvette struck a vehicle driven by an employee at a nearby car dealership, according to witnesses and a CHP spokesman on scene.
Aerial video from Sky5 showed a blue Corvette stopped facing the wrong way in the No. 1 lane of eastbound Edinger Avenue, near the 55 Freeway, about 5 p.m. The car's lights were on.
Two armored Santa Ana Police Department vehicles moved in to block the front and rear bumper of the car about 5:20 p.m. Then authorities finally approached the vehicle and paramedics were called in and appeared to treat the driver on the roadway next to the car.
The driver, a woman, was in custody and was taken to an ambulance with unknown injuries, authorities said.
The woman in the other car that was struck – a white vehicle that appeared totaled – was expected to be OK.
During the standoff, nearly a dozen CHP vehicles were stopped in both sides of the roadway, and traffic going westbound was backed up at the Auto Mall Drive signal. The area remained very congested for at least an hour after the incident concluded.
Police initially said the pursuit driver was involved in a hit-and-run but CHP officials later clarified the driver had struck a vehicle near the end of the chase.