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Canyon Country man jailed after chase

Police arrest Canyon Country man following 1 1/2 hour pursuit

Posted: September 16, 2009 10:04 p.m.
Updated: September 17, 2009 4:55 a.m.

A 28-year-old Canyon Country man was jailed without bail Wednesday after fleeing police in a stolen car, leading them on a high-speed chase that spanned from a downtown Los Angeles doughnut shop to Castaic, authorities said.

Officers arrested Travis Grant Smith about 8:15 p.m. after he doubled back into the San Fernando Valley during the Tuesday-night pursuit that lasted nearly an hour and a half, officers with the California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles Police Department said Wednesday.

About 6:45 p.m., LAPD officers used a security tracking device to find a stolen 2009 Honda Fit parked in front of a downtown doughnut shop, said Sgt. Joseph Sanchez of the Rampart Division.

Smith left the store, got into the car and drove away. Police then followed Smith, who failed to pull over and led the officers northbound on Interstate 5, Sanchez said.

Highway patrol officers took over the chase at 7:32 p.m., following Smith as he entered the Newhall area, according to a CHP report.

Smith reached a maximum speed of more than 85 mph, the report said.

After reaching Castaic, Smith exited the freeway at Parker Road and got back on, this time traveling southbound, the report said.

CHP officers flattened all four of the stolen car's tires using a spike strip near Calgrove Boulevard, CHP Sgt. Rick Miler said.

But Smith kept driving, merging onto the southbound 405 Freeway, according to the report.

Officers were able to stop the vehicle using a the pursuit intervention technique, more commonly known as the PIT maneuver, Miler said. An officer used a patrol car to bump the back of the stolen car, sending it spinning.

The highway patrol officers then arrested Smith on suspicion of driving a car without the owner's permission and transferred him to Los Angeles Police Department custody. He may also face additional pursuit-related charges.

Nobody was injured during the chase, Miler said.


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