Authorities Chase Stolen White Van Across 3 SoCal Counties

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Authorities were chasing the driver of a stolen van across three Southern California counties Thursday night.

Sky5 was initially overhead the pursuit at 11:05 p.m. in Orange County, as the driver of a white van was heading north on the 57 Freeway in Placentia.

The chase began in Santa Ana after officers tried to stop the vehicle near the intersection of Bristol Street and Edinger Avenue. The plates were ran and came back stolen, according to Cmdr. Richard Webber.

California Highway Patrol took control of the pursuit in the Diamond Bar area in eastern Los Angeles County, Webber said.

It was unclear how many occupants were in the van.

In Diamond Bar, the driver merged onto the eastbound 60 Freeway and headed into Pomona. The van continued east into Chino and Ontario in San Bernardino County.

The vehicle was moving fast and swiftly cutting across multiple lanes to avoid other motorists.

It eventually made its way to the 10 Freeway, where it began heading west while still in Ontario and drove into Montclair.

After the van made its way back into Pomona it merged onto Highway 71 heading south. It wound up back in Placentia on the southbound 57 via the 60.

The driver continued south through Anaheim and merged onto the 5 Freeway in Santa Ana.

At 12:05 a.m., Sky5 terminated its coverage of the chase.

A short time later spike strips were deployed and blew out a tire on the van, CHP Officer Posada said.

The pursuit came to an end on Bison Avenue just south of MacArthur Boulevard in Newport Beach.

Santa Ana police detained one man and one woman, Posada said.

KTLA’s Lucas DerMugrdechian contributed to this report.

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