High-Speed Chase Ends in Capo Beach, Resulting Accident Clogs I-5 for Miles

A suspect had been trying to elude Anaheim police.

A high-speed chase of a truck that had been reported stolen that topped 90 mph ended in a collision on the southbound I-5 Freeway today, critically injuring the suspect and causing a rush hour backup that extended for miles.

The chase began when Anaheim police officers received an anonymous tip around 4 p.m. about a stolen Ford F-250 pickup truck car, according to Anaheim police Sgt. Bob Dunn.

The suspect sped onto the 57 Freeway and 55 Freeway in an attempt to elude a growing number of Anaheim and California Highway Patrol squad cars in pursuit, Dunn told City News Service.

By the time the truck entered Interstate 5, its speed topped 90 miles per hour, Dunn said.

The truck's male driver lost control of the vehicle at Camino De Estrella, where it collided with another vehicle, then slammed into the freeway's center divider and rolled over several times, according to Dunn.

The driver was ejected and taken to a hospital in critical condition with life-threatening injuries, Dunn said.

A male and a female who were also in the truck were also hospitalized, but their injuries are not considered life-threatening, Dunn said.

The driver of the other vehicle complained of pain and was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, Dunn said.

All southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were closed at Camino De Estrella, and snarled rush hour traffic produced a backup extending more than 5 miles in both directions by 6 p.m., ABC7 reported.

The names of the truck's driver and passengers have not been released.

— City News Service

Smokey Bear November 24, 2012 at 07:06 AM
Wow I hate to hear that there is horrible crime & innocent people getting hurt in our neighborhood. Why can't people just be good? Thou shalt not steal etc. , it's pretty basic!
BigDrope Espino November 24, 2012 at 07:45 AM
geez...still stuck here
BigDrope Espino November 24, 2012 at 07:46 AM
where are you now?
Chèrie Strazi ヅ November 24, 2012 at 07:46 AM
Two lanes opened on the 5 as of 11:15 ish.
BigDrope Espino November 24, 2012 at 07:48 AM
very nice!!
Kay November 24, 2012 at 08:03 AM
Still jammed once you get to San Juan
Wrenavigator November 24, 2012 at 08:19 AM
We got off the freeway around 8:15 in San Juan Capistrano, took the PCH/Hwy. 1 in bumper-to-bumper traffic for about ten miles = 1.5 hour delay and discovered many coastal boutique shops and trendy restaurants along the way. Arrived in San Diego by 11:00. Sorry to hear that others were still stuck in traffic. Why weren't there any detour options displayed on those freeway billboard signs?
DJ November 24, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Get use to this type of traffic problems in San Clemente, unless we allow another freeway or toll road option, it would help. Make sure you pressure the city to build the necessary options,(Toll Road, La Plata, and widening the 5 Freeway and exit ramps). Just wait until Marblehead is complete, this is the type of traffic we can expect constantly. I'm all about building today for the future growth! Camino Capistrano and PCH were backed up for hours. The city was literally frozen. Imagine how we would react if it was an evacuation emergency...? Scary stuff.
Mr Salty November 24, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Oh great and mighty Toll Road! Please save us from any and all Scary calamities that might befall us! Thou art our pavement savior and we worship thy mighty concrete ribbon of freedom and safety. Amen.
Andromeda November 24, 2012 at 04:53 PM
There's no reason for the cops to chase vehicles on crowded streets and freeways and place innocent lives in danger. Just follow the vehicle from the air and keep patrol units advised where the vehicle is located so that the suspects can be apprehended in a safer manner at a later time. When the crooks see cops following them in the rear view mirror they are going to puch the pedal to the metal. The cops say we need drunk driving checkpoints because you can't place a value on a human life. Yet they chase these bad guys @ 100 mph on our roadways placing many, many innocent lives in peril. Stop the insanity!!!
Patty Carran November 24, 2012 at 05:00 PM
So you feel that paving over our beautiful landscape in order to have less traffic delays because of one idiot who was probably stoned out of his mind is the solution??? Holy crap, please listen to yourselves and THINK!
Kellie November 24, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I have to agree with DJ, not because I want less traffic snarls or a toll road, but because of our current inability to handle an emergency situation. What if we have to evacuate and the 5 is blocked? It took me 90 minutes to travel from Oso to Pico via side streets and PCH. It was scary how rude and ruthless some of the drivers became. At the very least we need contingency plans that are implemented as soon as an emergency arises keeping the traffic moving over different routes thereby avoiding as much confusion, unrest and bad behavior as possible.
lky November 24, 2012 at 05:44 PM
I was stuck in this traffic as well, and my first thought, like DJ's, was what if this were an emergency? It was a mess. While most folks did keep their tempers in check, I saw more than one instance of near road rage--it's a wonder that injuries/fatalities didn't result. And all that for a stolen truck? Seriously?
Jeff November 24, 2012 at 06:13 PM
@Patty, the point that was being made was not that we don't appreciate our beautiful San Clemente landscape, nor was it about "one idiot...". The point speaks to our complete dependence on I-5 for passage and egress. No matter what the event, we are trapped here with no way to get out. We need La Pata, Pico, and the 241 for own safety- but let's do it in an environmentally responsible manner.
Jane November 24, 2012 at 06:36 PM
We hit the jam at 8:30 pm and after a couple hours exited at PCH and traveled slowly down Camino del Real and got back on 5 south from there. That took another hour. Took us 3 hours to go about 5 miles.... but we had great music and had just been to Disneyland, the happiest place in the world, and had just stopped at Starbucks, so we were just fine, enjoyed some family time chit chattin'and amused ourselves with our smart phones and ipad. However, our daughter did have to pee in the empty Starbucks cup! Ewwww!
Pete November 24, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Why did it take 6+ hours to re-open I-5 (they were not cleaning up a toxic spill)? I wonder how many other tragedies occurred because someone had to get somewhere.
Pete November 24, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Why did it take 6+ hours to re-open I-5 (they were not cleaning up a toxic spill)? I wonder how many other tragedies occurred because someone had to get somewhere.
Alicia L November 24, 2012 at 07:14 PM
We were there last night as well. It sucked!!!
Teresa R. Cook November 24, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Andromeda, you are completely right!! 14 cop cars and chase down all to recovery a F-250 truck!.....ridiculous!! I wouldn't want them to even chase a bank robber that way, much less a stupid stolen vehicle. We should demand our police force to only do these type of over the top high speed dangerous tactics if they have an active kidnapping/child abduction ect. otherwise, like you said slow pursuit, follow with helicopter, and if he gets away, oh well, claim the insurance on the F-250 truck, at least the public was kept safe that way!! Teresa, retired SD city Paramedic
Sam November 24, 2012 at 08:59 PM
We were driving from San Jose to San Diego and got stuck in the resulting traffic from this accident for well over 2 hours! It was ridiculous! Nice knowing what happened.
Danuta November 24, 2012 at 09:14 PM
We got on I5 south at Laguna Woods. A 1 hour journey took us 4 hours as we were stuck in traffic, with no way out, for 3 hours. The most distressing part is that there are few, if any options. Horrible feeling being trapped for hours knowing there are no options.
Kathi November 24, 2012 at 10:13 PM
I think maybe you didn't read the comment carefully. While I don't like roads tearing up neighborhoods or nature, there is a real issue heading South w not much in the way of alternative routes when there is an issue. It isn't just from a crash like this. There is San Onofre down there & what if something happened there, necessitating an evacuation or some other type of issue? Other areas of the country at least have a network of surface streets & major streets. Down there it all funnels mostly onto the 5 w very limited alternatives. This issue was just a major inconvenience, but I wonder about if any emergency vehicles were seriously delayed by this? It could well have happened. Its hard to pull over for them if the freeway or roadways are totally jammed. So some thought needs to be put into making sure that there are adequate options for people to evacuate. & of course on holidays like Thanksgiving sometimes traffic can just creep along. I remember several years ago we headed to Valley Center (by Escondido). It took us about 1/2 hr to just get to Ortega from La Paz. I heard of others who just gave up on their Thanksgiving plans & went home that year. I don't know if it was just LOTS of people or if there had been some type of incident. Most years it wasn't that bad, but it happens.
Mo November 25, 2012 at 02:51 AM
our friend from Mission Viejo drove to visit w us on Thanksgiving, we are at the north end of SC....it took her 90 minutes, normally a 10-15 minute drive. We NEED something more than a single point of egress, plain and simple. Whether it is an accident that shuts all lanes down (remember the bomb threat on the freeway?), or just holiday crowds, we need a minimum of a second option. It is incredibly poor city planning to rely on a single roadway, it is unbelievable that it is still even allowed. San O is the biggest obvious threat for evac, but there are others...what about an earthquake? Or the power outage we had last year? We have seen over and over that something as simple as a crash or holiday traffic can bring the city to a standstill and we are all held hostage here. No bueno. Build another road..or two already, and let's stop looking like the little idiot city that didn't head it's past warnings.
El Toro Resident November 25, 2012 at 03:53 AM
we do NEED an alternate route other than the 5 fwy when B.S. like this happens. Actually, we NEED it period. We do not need a troll road. Why? We don't need to pay for sh*t, Mr. Moonbeam and his thugs up in sagramento need to start using funds as intended and quit lining their pocketbooks and giving us B.S. I do agree with the other poster here, stop the pursuits, follow the turds from a chopper, give them a warning. If they don't stop. Take them out. As for keep the freeway closed for six hours? They just wanted to piss all of you off.
Your Mom Reads the Patch November 25, 2012 at 11:47 AM
There are no detours...5 freeway, Coast road, and hills...You need a helicopter. "El Toro Resident"....you are a "troll road". buy a dictionary.
Your Mom Reads the Patch November 25, 2012 at 11:48 AM
There are no detours...5 freeway, Coast road, and hills...You need a helicopter. "El Toro Resident"....you are a "troll road". buy a dictionary.
Joker Joe November 26, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Police are losers. They endanger the public. The driver should of been cut off or shot. Instead others are endangered.
Joker Joe November 26, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Stoping illegals at the border will lower the population in S. Cal. Cheap mine fields on the border are best!! Very cost effective. After 2 weeks the problem is solved and the wild animals are fed...
Joker Joe November 26, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Nothing like Starbucks for a good time and relaxation.
Joker Joe November 26, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Does that mean u r against the bullet train to Bakersfield? lol lol


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