08.05.2021 | 1:40 AM | SANTA ANA – A parolee who is suspected of DUI crashed into a civilian vehicle while leading officers on a high-speed pursuit, early Thursday morning.
California Highway Patrol officers attempted to stop a black 2006 Hyundai Tucson occupied by a male driver for speeding and possible DUI on the northbound I-5 Freeway near Oso Parkway in Mission Viejo around 1:40 AM.
The driver of the vehicle, who was later identified as a parolee, initially stopped before taking off from officers at high-speeds.
Officers pursued the driver as his speeds fluctuated from under 30 to over 100 MPH while he exited and reentered the freeway.
Eventually the suspect exited at Red Hill Avenue and continued to flee from police into Tustin and Irvine on residential streets.
The chase continued into Santa Ana circling the Mid-City area before the suspect collided with a civilian in a red 2015 Hyundai Elantra near the intersection of Edinger Avenue and South Kilson Drive around 2:05 AM.
The driver of the Hyundai Elantra was uninjured and the suspect continued to flee before his vehicle became disabled near the intersection of West McFadden Avenue and South Sullivan Street around 2:20 AM.
Despite his vehicle becoming disabled the suspect attempted to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended less than a block away.
Firefighter paramedics responded to evaluate the suspect who complained of pain to his foot but did not transport him.
The parolee was expected to face charges of DUI, speeding, hit-and-run, and felony fleeing among others.