Suspect Leads Police On Chase From Laguna to Newport


NEWPORT BEACH (CNS) - A possibly armed parolee wanted on a no-bail warrant led police on a chase today, starting in Laguna Beach and leading to Newport Beach, where the suspect barricaded himself inside the parked vehicle.

After a 45-minute standoff, the suspect got out of the car just before 5 p.m. and was taken into custody.

The chase started about 3 p.m. in Laguna Beach when the suspect refused to yield in an attempted vehicle stop, Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Jim Cota said.

The suspect has an ``extensive criminal history'' of white collar and violent crimes, including a conviction for assault with a deadly weapon, Cota said.

The man was on the phone with dispatchers from his Mercedes at some point during the chase, Cota said.

He eventually pulled into a parking lot at an office complex in Newport Beach at 1441 Avocado near Fashion Island and remained in the car with police monitoring him at gunpoint.


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