Two in custody following highway chase

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's deputies are aided by the California Highway Patrol early Monday morning at Coast Gas on 41st Avenue in Capitola where two people were stopped at gunpoint following a high-speed chase involving a stolen car. — Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY — Two people were taken into custody early Friday morning following a high-speed chase involving an alleged stolen car.

The incident got under way on Freedom Boulevard around 1 a.m. when a Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Deputy initiated a car stop on a Toyota Corolla just south of Aptos High School.

Instead of pulling over, the car sped off and swerved onto northbound Highway 1. There, the California Highway Patrol took over the pursuit with deputies bringing up the rear.

The Toyota driver then took the Park Avenue exit, swung under the highway and entered Highway 1 in the wrong direction, heading north into oncoming traffic in the southbound lanes. The driver shot up the onramp to Highway 1 from 41st Avenue, where he and a woman jumped from the car and took off on foot.

With a swarm of police cars streaking into the region the escapees had little chance and were stopped at gunpoint a short while later, one at the nearby Coast Gas and one along the bushy hillside near Santa Cruz Toyota.

Police reportedly found some drugs in the car, which was reported stolen out of Milpitas.


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