Authorities were in pursuit of a motorcyclist wanted for speeding, reckless driving and possible DUI in the San Gabriel Valley area on Monday, authorities said.
The motorcycle rider could be seen traveling at high speeds on surface streets when Sky5 first got over the chase in West Covina around noon, aerial video showed.
It was unclear when exactly the pursuit began, but the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told KTLA the motorcyclist was being sought for reckless driving and possible DUI, while a California Highway Patrol official said the initial want was speeding.
Around 11:10 a.m., law enforcement stopped chasing the motorcycle on the ground because the vehicle was going around 80 mph, according to a Norwalk Sheriff’s Station spokesperson.
But video from Sky5 later showed at least one patrol unit behind the motorcycle again, and aerial units were monitoring overhead. Later, the Sheriff’s Department indicated they had backed off on the ground and were in surveillance mode.
At various points during the chase, the rider could be seen driving dangerously and erratically on surface street and the freeway, traveling on a city sidewalk at one point and appearing to drive well-above the posted speed limits; the motorcyclist also made gestures with his arms and tossed a bag onto a residential driveway.
Around 12:10 p.m., the rider stopped at a gas station in Baldwin Park, grabbed the nozzle from a motorist and proceeded to put some gasoline into the tank.
By 12:30 p.m., the motorcyclist was in the Pasadena area and apparently entered a parking structure. More than a half-dozen patrol vehicles could be seen surrounding the garage as officers searched for the rider.
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