LOS ANGELES — Four burglary suspects were arrested Tuesday after authorities conducted a dramatic high-speed chase in Los Angeles and Orange County in a BMW sedan that lost its right front tire but ran on three wheels for more than half an hour before it collapsed into a truck.
The chase ended around 8:30 a.m. when the car crashed and stopped on the westbound Artesia (91) Freeway at Downey Avenue in the North Long Beach area.
Two suspects ran out of the broken-down vehicle and sprinted across all lanes of Freeway 91, one narrowly avoiding being hit by a car on the east side. Both suspects were eventually arrested on the shoulder of the eastbound freeway.
Two other people who remained in the disabled BMW eventually got out of the back seat and were also arrested.
The suspects were wanted for a home burglary in Walnut on Tuesday morning.
The Sheriff’s Walnut Station received a call at 6:57 a.m. about the burglary. According to Deputy Miesha McClendon, the homeowner said the suspects were in their garage.
The suspects drove off in a black BMW before MPs arrived. Deputies searching for the BMW later spotted the car traveling in the opposite direction on Lemon Avenue, McClendon said.
Deputies chased the car. A sheriff’s helicopter followed.
“Tracking units were unable to catch the suspect vehicle because the vehicle exceeded speeds of more than 65 miles per hour as it entered the westbound 60 Freeway,” McClendon said.
A sheriff’s lieutenant called off the pursuit because of the speed. The CHP took up the pursuit.
The BMW driver led authorities in a chase that started from the San Gabriel (605) Freeway, the Foothill (210) Freeway, the San Bernardino (10) Freeway, the Santa Ana (5) Freeway, the Long Beach (710) Freeway and the Riverside (91) Freeway.
The chase spanned parts of Irwindale and Rowland Heights on the 605 Freeway and San Dimas on the 210 Freeway. Sometimes the driver weaved through traffic at high speed, sometimes he drove on the shoulder of the freeway.
At approximately 7:50 a.m., the car had lost its right front tire but continued to travel westbound on Interstate 10 and later lost use of its right front wheel, which became wedged in the wheel well. Sparks could be seen from the right front wheel well.
Shortly after 8:00 a.m., the BMW collided with another vehicle on Autobahn 5 in the industrial area. By 8:15 a.m., the pursuit had made its way into Orange County and on surface streets, including Beach Boulevard in the Anaheim area.
But the vehicle quickly got back onto the westbound 91 Freeway, and the chase continued on that freeway until the BMW struck the back of a truck near Downey Avenue, where the men were arrested after the brief freeway chase . The names of the suspects were not immediately known.
Staff writer Ruby Gonzales contributed to this report
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