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

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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.