Riverside Police Department
Press Release


10 Jan 2000

Vehicle Pursuit

Riverside Ca. - At about 2348 hrs., 1/9/00, Officers of the Riverside Police Department attempted a traffic stop on a blue Chevy Blazer for running a stop sign in the Arlanza area of Riverside. The driver failed to yield to the officers and a pursuit was initiated. The pursuit circled the residential streets in the area of Norte Vista High School where a handgun was thrown from the vehicle. A passenger from the vehicle, Tony Perez, was let out in front of Norte Vista H.S. and was arrested after a brief foot chase. The vehicle continued evading officers making its way onto the 91 Freeway at Tyler. Riverside Police Officers pursued the vehicle on the 91 Fwy through Corona where the California Highway Patrol was requested to assume the pursuit. The CHP assumed control of the pursuit in Yorba Linda at the 91Fwy e/o Imperial Hwy. Riverside Police Officers returned to the city. The pursuit proceeded down the 91 Fwy to the 55 Fwy. The driver exited the freeway and immediately returned to the freeway proceeding n/b 55 toward the 91 again. As the pursuit progressed e/b 91 toward Riverside, the initial Riverside Police Officers, who left the pursuit when the CHP assumed it, were standing by as the pursuit passed them on the 91 Fwy w/o the Magnolia exit. The pursuit exited the freeway at Pierce Street where Riverside Police Officers again assumed control of the pursuit. The driver made his way back to the Arlanza area where he again circled residential streets in the area of Bryant Park. The pursuit terminated when the driver jumped from the vehicle while it was still rolling. The driver, a HM juvenile, 16, was arrested after a brief foot pursuit. The second passenger, Angel Ortiz, was arrested while still in the vehicle.

At the termination of the pursuit the owner of the blazer was contacted and it was learned the vehicle was stolen this evening from the area of Diana and Banbury in Riverside.

The pursuit lasted 1 hour and 30 minutes, traveled a distance of about 60 miles in 2 counties and reached speeds of 90 mph on residential streets.