A two-hour car pursuit by law enforcement was instigated by a 17-year-old boy from north Los Angeles County, according to California Highway Patrol.
Officer Rafael Reynoso, the public information officer for the CHP Capistrano Area, said the boy did not yield to officers who attempted to pull him over around 12:20 p.m. on Monday after he committed a “traffic infraction” in north LA County and took off when officers attempted to stop him. He was driving a black Lincoln Navigator. The boy is estimated to have reached speeds of 80 to 90 miles per hour during the pursuit.
He then made his way to southbound Interstate 405 and down to Interstate 5 through Orange County and into north San Diego County, where he apparently ran out of gasoline and surrendered to officers. Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Department and CHP all responded to the incident.
The boy has been arrested for felony evasion of a police officer, and as of Monday he was in the custody of CHP at the Capistrano Area office. Because he is a minor, his name has not yet been released, Reynoso said.
Reynoso said no one was injured in the pursuit and there were no traffic collisions. Strange enough, the boy was able to navigate Interstate 5 through almost no traffic—a rare occurrence during the middle of the day. Multiple broadcast news stations covered the chase via helicopter.