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Parolee Flees Police, Tries To Climb A Wall, Gets Tired, Gives Up
A parolee led Costa Mesa authorities on a short chase Monday night around 8:45 p.m., when officers reportedly noticed the man driving with his high-beams on the southbound lanes of Harbor Boulevard.
The 25-year-old man increased his speed when police tried to pull him over and lost control of the car, crashing into a curb near the 19th Street intersection, and fleeing on foot. The suspect ran through the parking lot of a nearby shopping center and in a continuing effort to evade police, attempted to climb over a wall. But he couldn't. So he stopped running. “He was just kind of tired,” said Sgt. Matt Grimmond of the Costa Mesa Police Department, reports the OC Register.
Identified as Luciano Mendoza Garcilazo, the driver was on parole for previous theft charges. Following the chase he was found to have methamphetamine, and was taken into custody on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and violation of parole.