The California Highway Patrol was in a slow pursuit of a stolen taxi on the northbound 5 and 605 Freeways late Thursday night. The chase began in Santa Ana, and continued after an unsuccessful attempt to use a PIT maneuver to stop the taxi in Anaheim, according to CBS News.
NBC is reporting that the taxi was stolen when the taxi driver stopped at a 7-11 on First and Flower. The cab driver left the taxi unattended with the keys in the ignition. When he left the 7-11 he saw the taxi being driven away by the suspect, who was eventually identified as Hugo Francisco Gonzalez, 25, of Santa Ana.
The chase continued north on the 5 Freeway into the Cities of Buena Park and Norwalk at about 30 miles per hour until the driver decided to turn north on the 605 Freeway. He later passed through Santa Fe Springs and Whittier before taking the 60 Freeway West, towards Los Angeles. Continue reading