Buena Park police chase suspected stolen vehicle to Whittier, arrest two occupants


A pursuit of a vehicle reported stolen in Cerritos began in Buena Park Tuesday morning and ended in Whittier 30 minutes later, police said.

Officers attempted to stop the red 2016 Honda Accord near Western and Orangethorpe avenues around 7:30 a.m., but the driver sped off.

The vehicle ... was occupied by a male driver and a female passenger, Buena Park Sgt. Mike Lovchik said.

Buena Park officers were joined by a Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department helicopter as the chase crossed the county line. The driver, at times, lead officers against traffic on the wrong side of the road, Lovchik said.

A half-hour into the pursuit, officers executed a successful pit maneuver, forcing the Honda to spin out in the 11500 block of Slauson Avenue in Whittier.

TV helicopter footage showed the suspects surrendering after a brief standoff to officers with weapons drawn.

The driver was identified as Brian James Alexander, 32, of Yorba Linda, who was booked on suspicion of auto theft, possession of stolen property and felony evading arrest. He was transported to Orange County Jail and being held on $100,000 bail.

Melissa Marie Goehring, 44, of Cypress was booked on suspicion of receiving stolen property and possible fraud charges. She was eventually transported to Orange County Jail and held on $20,000 bail.


SOURCE: OC Register