Pursuit Ends in Crash in Santa Ana; 5 People Injured

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A vehicle pursuit in Santa Ana Wednesday ended with a collision that injured the suspect and four other people, Santa Ana Police Department Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

At around 4:10 a.m., officers tried to stop a vehicle after noticing unspecified code violations. The suspect, identified as Luis Enrique Ortiz, did not yield and a pursuit ensued westbound on 17th Street toward the City of Garden Grove, Bertagna said.

While fleeing, the suspect ran a red light and collided with a car traveling southbound on North Euclid Street from 17th Street, injuring the driver and three passengers, as well as the suspect driver.

The driver of the vehicle he collided with, a woman in her 40s, was transported to a hospital’s intensive care unit in critical condition. She suffered several broken bones and head trauma, according to Bertagna.

It is unclear what injuries the three passengers in the suspect’s vehicle, two males and one female, suffered, but they were expected to survive, according to police.

Ortiz, 31, of Whittier, was transported to the hospital as a trauma patient, and was also expected to survive, Bertagna said.

Investigators found “drug paraphernalia” inside the suspect’s vehicle, according to Santa Ana Police.

Police said the suspect had an outstanding felony warrant for a previous incident where he attempted to evade authorities by fleeing in a vehicle with an expired license.

Ortiz was set to be booked into jail for a violation of “evading causing Injury,” and other unspecified charges, according to police.

California Highway Patrol was investigating the collision.

No further information was immediately available.

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