Pursuit driver in custody after high-speed chase from Hawthorne to Newport Beach

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Authorities pursued a driver that traveled at high rates of speed from Hawthorne to the Newport Beach area Tuesday night, and eventually took him into custody.

The chase began around 10:14 p.m. with police in Hawthorne pursuing the driver in a dark-colored car. A sheriff’s helicopter took over the pursuit for a short time before the California Highway Patrol eventually took the lead.

The vehicle, which appeared to be a Tesla, made its way to Orange County at speeds of about 100 miles per hour.

Aerial video from Sky5 showed the driver get on and off the 91 Freeway multiple times and drive on the wrong side of the road.

At about 10:45 p.m., the driver came to an abrupt stop on the southbound 73 Freeway near Bonita Canyon Drive in Newport Beach. The driver stepped out of the car, threw some items out, and then got back into the car and closed the door.

After a standoff period, the suspect drove away again, but about 20 minutes later, CHP officers executed a PIT maneuver and took the man into custody.

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