A man was struck by a car on the 5 Freeway in Norwalk while fleeing from police following a burglary in Buena Park early Saturday, authorities said.
The injured suspect was hospitalized in critical condition following the collision, which took place shortly before 4 a.m. in the southbound lanes of the 5 Freeway near Florence Avenue, on the border between Norwalk and Santa Fe Springs, according to Buena Park Police Department officials and California Highway Patrol logs.
The injured man had been a passenger in the fleeing car, Buena Park police Sgt. Mike Lovchik said.
The driver, described as a 20-year-old Compton man, also tried to run from the car but was quickly apprehended, the sergeant said. A second passenger of the car eluded capture.
The chase began after a patrol officer in Buena Park caught the trio in the act of a break-in at a strip mall along Knott Avenue, just south of the 91 Freeway, Lovchik said.
Three men emerged from the burglarized business, got into a nearby car and fled, initiating the pursuit, he said.
After using several freeways, the chase ended up heading northbound on the 605 Freeway through Norwalk, according to Lovchik.
The fleeing car came to a stop and the driver and two passengers got out and continued to flee on foot, officials said.
One of the passengers jumped over the center divider and ran into southbound traffic lanes, where he was struck by a vehicle, the officer said.
The identities of the driver and the injured suspect were not available Saturday.