Police Pursuit in Santa Ana Leaves Suspect Dead, 9-Year-Old Injured


A high-speed chase that resulted in a crash has left the suspect dead and his 9-year-old daughter in the hospital. 

The chase began Sunday night after someone called 911 saying a man was brandishing a gun at a security guard at a bar. The suspect reportedly fled the scene in a Chevrolet Monte Carlo, and a chase ensued. 

The suspect led police on a chase for nearly 30 minutes, reaching speeds of up to 80 mph on surface streets before officers lost sight of the vehicle. Police caught up to the Monte Carlo soon after it crashed on Warner Avenue in Santa Ana around 10:30pm. 

Authorities say the car struck a power pole and cement wall before it came to a stop. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The suspect's 9-year-old daughter was also in the car. She was rescued by first-responders and taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition. The hospital later upgraded her to stable condition. 

Police say they recovered a weapon, large amounts of cash, and narcotics from inside the car. The identities of the man and his daughter were not immediately released. Authorities could only say that the suspect was a convicted felon in his 40s who had outstanding warrants for narcotics sales. 

Fourteen Edison customers lost power because of the crash. The utility says they plan to have the resident's electricity back on by Monday afternoon. 

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.


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