A man and a woman who were targets of a Pasadena Police drug investigation – and possibly armed – were in custody Friday afternoon following a chase that began in Pasadena and ended in the Santa Clarita area, Pasadena police and the California Highway Patrol told Pasadena Now.
The names of the suspects were not immediately released. The incident began some time after 12 and ended around 12:49.
Lt. William Grisafe, a spokesman for the Pasadena Police, said detectives attempted to stop a vehicle – described by a CHP spokesman as a black Chevy Colorado pickup truck – near the 210 Freeway and North Lake Ave. when the vehicle fled and the chase ensued.
Grisafe said the truck reached Brand Boulevard in Glendale, where the driver dropped off the woman before the driver continued to flee. The woman was taken into custody in Glendale. Grisafe said she had “a significant amount of narcotics on her.’’
Grisafe said the vehicle continued north of the 5 Freeway.
According to Officer Robert Manzano, a spokesman for the CHP, Pasadena officers requested assistance at around 12:32 p.m.– as the chase reached the northbound 5 at Branford – that the CHP take over the pursuit.
Manzano said PPD reported to the CHP that the suspects were possibly armed. It was not immediately known if weapons were, in fact, found.
According to Manzano, the chase reached the Santa Clarita area around 12:49 p.m. At about that time, CHP deployed spike strips, which caused one of the truck’s tires to go flat, and the truck stopped at the Magic Mountain off-ramp of the 5 Freeway.
Manzano said CHP officers took the man, described only as Hispanic, into custody without further incident.
“I don’t know if they found narcotics in the vehicle, but he is in custody by CHP,’’ said Grisafe.
Grisafe had no further information on the suspects, but did say, “It sounds like they’re from central California.’’
Grisafe said Pasadena detectives were heading up to the Santa Clarita area to take over the investigation.