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Domestic Violence Suspect Leads Hours-Long Car Chase With Two Kids

Latest police news coming out of the Westside (Thinkstock).
Latest police news coming out of the Westside (Thinkstock).

A search continued this morning for a domestic violence suspect who led authorities on a chase that ended in Newport Beach with an hours-long standoff and a dash to safety by the man’s estranged wife and children, authorities said.

Newport Beach police, assisted by California Highway Patrol officers, were searching for the suspect  this morning after he abandoned his vehicle near Dover and 16th Street in Newport Beach and ran off, according to Newport Beach police.

The man originally was wanted in connection with a domestic violence case, but once he refused to pull over for law enforcement authorities, he became a kidnapping suspect, said CHP Officer Denise Quesada.

Residents were urged to call police if they see the man, described as Hispanic, about 35, with tattoos on both sides of his neck. He was wearing jeans, a black hoodie, and gray shoes, according to police.

The chase began at 4:47 p.m. Monday in Buena Park when that city’s police department was contacted by its counterpart in Huntington Park, which feared a domestic violence situation had developed. The man is believed to have had his estranged wife and two children with him in the vehicle.

Police said they were concerned the driver was armed.

Authorities chased the man’s Hummer on streets and freeways. On surface streets, the driver was reckless, once driving the wrong way. On freeways, he drove carefully, according to media reports.

Much of the chase north from Los Angeles County was on the Santa Ana (5) Freeway. The suspect stopped at Pacific Coast Highway and Jamboree Road in Newport Beach after being followed over a number of Orange County freeways.

The suspect resumed driving, finally stopping at Dover and 16th Street in Newport Beach, by Newport Harbor High School, according to KCAL9. Dover was closed in both directions by Newport Beach police.

The driver stopped there and a standoff began. At around 10 p.m. Monday, a woman reported to be the suspect’s estranged wife and his two children ran from the vehicle to police, KCAL9 reported. News footage showed the suspect exiting the Hummer and fleeing on foot.

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