Update: Simi Valley Man Arrested After Sunday's Car Chase and Crash

Angel Esparza, 21, was arrested Sunday after leading police on a high-speed car chase in a stolen car.

A Simi Valley man was arrested Sunday after he led police on a brief high-speed chase in a stolen car, authorities said in a report in the Ventura County Star.

According to the report, Angel Esparza, 21, was booked into Ventura County jail on suspicion of auto theft, evading and street terrorism, jail records show.

Esparza was arrested after reaching speeds of up to 130 mph during a pursuit on the 101 Freeway from Thousand Oaks into Agoura Hills, Officer Miguel Duarte of the California Highway Patrol's Moorpark office, told the Star.

The chase began shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday when an auto theft unit tracked a suspected stolen black Lincoln LS sedan at about 12:50 p.m., according to the report. Officers tried to stop the sedan Esparza was driving north of Kanan Road on the southbound 101, Duarte told the Star, but Esparza drove in the median, darted across the freeway, lost control, struck the center divider and came to a stop in the right lane.

He was arrested in Agoura after he fled on foot down an embankment, Duarte told the Star.


Laura Moss April 30, 2012 at 03:03 AM
I was there at Liberty Canyon just after the crash. Kudos to law enforcement for quickly removing the crash from lanes and restoring the flow of traffic. Loads of Sheriff and CHP cars made short work of the mess. It was pretty impressive.
Fernando Oyama May 01, 2012 at 03:49 AM
I was driving and I saw the moment when that guy crashed the car and started running. I think he was trying to turn and go all the way back wit that Lincoln. he tried to scape but those police's cars are unbeatable!!!
Grace July 17, 2012 at 09:43 PM
It was crazy! We were right there off of Kanan and all these officers had the car surrounded! Glad no one got Hurt!


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