LANCASTER – A 25-year-old man in a stolen taxi was arrested early Friday morning after a four-hour pursuit that began in Santa Ana and ended near Lancaster.
Hugo Francisco Gonzalez was taken into custody around 3:30 a.m. on the southbound lanes of the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway near Avenue D north of Lancaster, authorities said.
CHP Officers began the pursuit on the Santa Ana (5) Freeway at about 11:05 p.m. Thursday, after the taxi was reported stolen from outside a convenience store in Santa Ana.
Santa Ana Police Department Sgt. Matt Hermans said the taxi driver left keys in the ignition and the engine of the Ford Crown Victoria running when he went into a 7-11 near the intersection of Flower Avenue and 1st Street at 10:53 p.m.
Hermans said the suspect drove off in the cab, registered to 24-7 Taxi Cab of Orange.
The cab entered a freeway and the chase was taken up by the California Highway Patrol.
The pursuit, averaging speeds of 40 to 50 mph, continued on the Santa Ana (5), San Gabriel River (605), Pomona (60), Long Beach (710) and Century (105) freeways, before the suspect followed the 5 North beyond Castaic to State Highway 138.
Broadcast footage showed a CHP cruiser initiating a PIT maneuver, which spun the taxi, before the driver retained control of the vehicle in the early stages of the chase.
Antelope Valley area CHP officers picked up the pursuit on eastbound Avenue D/SR 138 near 190th Street West in Lancaster, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
The officers “deployed the spike strip within the eastbound lane and successfully made contact with the suspect vehicle,” the CHP report states.
The pursuit continued eastbound at speeds ranging from 10 to 40 mph before the cab entered the southbound 14 Freeway and stopped.
“The vehicle finally came to a stop just due to the wheels being disabled,” said CHP Officer Raymond Lopez. “Since the front wheel had melted down, he pretty much had no option but just to stop.”
Hugo Francisco Gonzalez, a 25-year-old Santa Ana resident, was taken into custody without further incident and booked for felony evading, according to the CHP report.
7 comments for "4-hour chase in stolen taxi ends near Lancaster, suspect arrested"
mike you should learn to read where did you read the illegal alien part so much for your knowledge sounds more like the illegal alien is YOU learn to read than if you like to run your mouth at least comment something that goes with the article .
Another episode of Illegal Aliens gone wild.
How do you get illegal alien out of this? The story says he is from Santa Ana.
It’s just a good guess.
If someone is in the Country illegally and they commit a crime their illegal status should be mentioned in the news story. The public has a right to know. It is manipulation of the general public to not state all the facts.
Btw this guy is a white male just because
He has a Latino name and last name does
Not make him illegal.it just makes him another
Stupid white guy! Anymore questions? Yes take a
Laxitive maybe that will help get that stick out
From your well you know were.
Are we looking at the same picture?
I agree though about the illegal part, Latinos make up a large portion of the legal population.
The taxi driver should also be arrested for stupidity.