BUENA PARK An El Monte man was arrested late Sunday, June 18, after leading law enforcement agencies on a high-speed pursuit over more than 100 miles eventually ending in a standoff, police said.
Gabriel Rodriguez, 33, was arrested at 6:53 p.m. by the California Highway Patrol with an assist from two Orange County Sheriff Department K-9 units and OCSD’s helicopter, Duke 1, said CHP Sgt. Janelle Bautista.
Rodriguez faces felony evading charges, obstructing police officers, delaying a police officer, possession of opioids and possession of a stolen vehicle, Bautista said. He was also had an outstanding felony warrant for Orange County, Bautista said.
The incident began in Buena Park at about 4:45 p.m. when police officers tried to stop Rodriguez at Beach Boulevard and Orangethorpe Avenue on suspicion of a stolen car, said Buena Park Police Lt. Rich Forsyth.
After he refused to stop, Forsyth said Rodriguez drove along Beach Boulevard toward the coast, running red lights and driving on the wrong side of the road.
At one intersection on Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach, Rodriguez sped through a crowded intersection with pedestrians jumping out of harm’s way, Forsyth said.
“We canceled our pursuit because it was too dangerous,” Forsyth said.
Rodriguez continued on for about 15 minutes with only the Orange County Sheriff Department helicopter, Duke 1, in pursuit, Forsyth said.
Rodriguez stayed on surface streets in Costa Mesa near John Wayne Airport, where two OCSD K-9 units continued the pursuit said OCSD Lt. Nathan Wilson.
He continued to drive on surface streets through Fountain Valley, Westminster and Santa Ana. At one point, he got onto the 405 freeway heading south to Lake Forest. There, he got off the freeway and drove along surface streets in Laguna Woods before getting on the 5 freeway again heading south towards the 405 freeway.
The nearly two-hour chase ended after Rodriguez was stopped by California Highway Patrol after his car became…