IRWINDALE >> A suspected drunken driver ran a red light in front of an officer and led police on a chase that ended when officers used the PIT maneuver to stop the car Thursday night, authorities said. Irwindale Police Sgt. Rudy Gatto said the 60-year-old driver wouldn’t comply with officers’ orders, then was zapped with a Taser and arrested.
The pursuit went through Irwindale, Covina, Azusa and Glendora. The highest speed the driver reached was 45 mph, according to Gatto.
It started with an alleged traffic violation in the area of Irwindale Avenue and Arrow Highway in Irwindale at 9:35 p.m. Thursday.
Gatto said a patrol officer was stopped at a red light when he saw a 2000 white Infinity sedan eastbound on Arrow Highway run a red light. The officer followed the car and tried to pull over the driver, who took off.
At one point, the Infinity stopped on Azusa Avenue, north of Gladstone Street in Azusa.
Officers thought there was a possible assault or kidnapping when they saw the driver and his woman passenger fighting in the car, according to the sergeant. Gatto said the passenger turned out to be the driver’s girlfriend who was trying to force him to stop.
“He kept pushing her back. They were struggling over control of the car,” Gatto said.
The Infinity fled again, entered the 210 Freeway and exited at Grand Avenue.
Gatto said the car was heading south on Grand Avenue when officers used the PIT maneuver. The car went down a ravine. The driver accelerated out of the ravine and back on to the road.
Officers later hit the car again, disabled it. Gatto said the driver stepped out of the car yelling.
“He reaches back…
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