Two people were taken into custody following a high-speed chase that spanned from Ventura County to the San Fernando Valley. The pursuit, which began in Camarillo before 2 p.m. on Friday, was initiated by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office after the vehicle, believed to be a black Prius, was associated with a catalytic converter theft.
The suspect led officers on a chase that went through Thousand Oaks and eventually reached Woodland Hills. Exiting the 101 freeway, the suspect continued on surface streets near De Soto Ave. and Ventura Blvd. Throughout the pursuit, deputies attempted three pit-maneuvers, causing the suspect’s vehicle bumper to partially detach. However, the suspect persisted in evading capture.
Finally, as the suspect made a right turn onto De Soto Ave., deputies successfully executed a third pit-maneuver, effectively blocking the vehicle. With guns drawn, the male driver surrendered by waving both hands in the air and subsequently stepping out of the car. He was promptly taken into custody.
Shortly after, a woman emerged from the vehicle and was also apprehended by law enforcement. Both individuals were arrested in connection with the high-speed chase.
The successful apprehension of the suspects brings an end to a dangerous situation that put the public and law enforcement officers at risk. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office’s swift response and collaborative efforts with other agencies ensured the safety of the community and resulted in the arrest of the individuals involved.