Driver Stops to Get Gas, Runs Across 10 Fwy, Gets Punched During Wild Pursuit Through San Gabriel Valley

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A man was taken into custody in Pomona after a wild police chase that spanned surface streets and freeways through several cities in the San Gabriel Valley on Wednesday morning, authorities said.

A pursuit suspect was seen running across all lanes of the 10 Freeway in the San Gabriel Valley on July 15, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)
A pursuit suspect was seen running across all lanes of the 10 Freeway in the San Gabriel Valley on July 15, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

The white vehicle involved in the chase was observed driving erratically and at high speeds on surface streets, and the 60, 57 and 10 freeways, Sky5 video showed.

Earlier, the vehicle stopped at a gas station to try fill up the tank, but was unable to do so because the driver had parked at the wrong side of the pump, according to the aerial video. The driver quickly fled as police pulled up behind the car.

Then, at around 8:20 a.m., the male driver bailed from the vehicle on the shoulder of the 10 Freeway in Pomona after a short pursuit, the video showed. He ran on the side of the roadway before scrambling across all lanes of the freeway.

The man then jumped off the side of the freeway, and was subsequently chased by someone in a yellow shirt who was later identified by law enforcement as a Covina Police Department detective.

According to police, the detective was on his way to court for another case when he observed the subject running across the freeway in front of his car. He pulled over to the side of the roadway, then began pursuing the man.

The detective running after the driver eventually caught up to the man and appeared to punch or push him, causing the driver to fall to the ground, video showed.

“He did what police officers do, put himself in jeopardy and took someone into custody,"  said Covina police Sgt. Rob Bobkiewicz.

The man was handcuffed a short time later and appeared to be in police custody.

The end of the pursuit took place near the campus of Cal Poly Pomona, aerial video showed.

The incident began when deputies responded to a possible burglary at a gentleman's club at 15600 block of Valley Boulevard in the city of Industry, said Sgt. Lopez with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

A witness who did not want to be identified told KTLA he saw an apparently intoxicated man shaking the doors of the club, saying that his girlfriend was inside. When deputies arrived, he took off.

“Checked the location, saw no evidence of a crime. But then this was speeding vehicle was seen throughout our area driving in an erratic manner," sheriff's Capt. Tim Murakami said.

However, it was not clear if the man had any connection to the original incident that prompted the Sheriff's Department's response.

The deputies caught up to the driver when he was at the gas station.

The unidentified man faced a number of charges, including reckless driving and evading police.

KLTA's Alberto Mendez contributed to this story.

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