Four men were arrested Thursday evening on suspicion of residential burglary, after leading police on a pursuit on the northbound 5 Freeway across the San Fernando Valley, police said.
At about 7 p.m., officers and the Burbank Police Joint Air Support Unit responded to the 800 block of Stephen Road about a possible burglary and suspicious circumstances. A man was spotted running from a nearby home and jumping into an awaiting vehicle, the Burbank Police Department said in a news release.
The black, Ford Fusion was carrying the four suspects, according to police, and fled when officers tried to stop it.
Sky5 arrived on scene around 7:50 p.m., and it continued north across the San Fernando Valley.
The driver appeared to travel at high speeds as they weaved across lanes to pass other vehicles. By 8 p.m., the car had passed the 210 Freeway interchange in Sylmar and was headed into the Santa Clarita Valley.
As officers chased the car, the suspects were seen throwing items out of the car’s windows. Police later said the items had been stolen from the burglarized home in Burbank.
The driver exited the freeway at Magic Mountain Parkway, maneuvering dangerously around surface streets for a period period before getting back onto the northbound 5 Freeway.
Sky5 lost sight of the action at the bottom of the Grapevine because of poor visibility in the mountains.
Police said the pursuit came to an end on the 5 Freeway, south of Vista Del Lago Road, near Pyramid Lake, just before 8:30 p.m.
Demaria Adger, 24, of Oakland, Marcus Samuels, 19, from Antioch, Quazaye Waugh, 22, of Oakland, and Dominique Williams, 24, of Oakland were taken into custody after the chase on suspicion of residential burglary.
They are each being held on $100,000 bail, police said.
The California Highway Patrol and the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Office assisted the Burbank Police Department with the pursuit.