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Published on May 25, 2024
Reckless High-Speed Chase Through Los Angeles Ends in Arrest at John Wayne AirportSource: Unsplash/Scott Rodgerson

Two individuals found themselves in handcuffs on Friday night, following a high-speed chase that carved a path of havoc through Los Angeles and Orange Counties. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the pursuit kicked off with a call about reckless driving.

A blue sedan, which was later identified as a Chevy Cruze, was seen tearing up the asphalt well above 100 miles per hour on local freeways; including a stretch where the driver almost clipped several other cars. KTLA reported the chase initiated around 8:20 p.m. out of the Harbor region, snaking from the 110 Freeway down to Long Beach.

As cameras rolled and the public watched, the chase escalated, with the sedan speeding through red lights and merging onto the 605 and 405 Freeways, eventually winding down into the Irvine/Santa Ana area. It ended up at John Wayne Airport, where, according to ABC7, the suspects then pulled into a parking structure and surrendered to California Highway Patrol units.

The authorities have not yet released information on the suspects, but the pair was taken into custody outside Terminal C of the airport shortly before 9 p.m. curfew. The suspects’ car was later investigated by the police on a nearby side street, yet it is unclear how many people were actually inside the vehicle during the pursuit. 

Footage of the pursuit was widely circulated, exhibiting a heavy law enforcement presence that swiftly swarmed the airport's parking lot and entranced. More details are expected to be disclosed as this developing story unfolds.