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Suspects Identified in Chase that Caused Holiday SigAlert

After a high-speed pursuit and brutal wreck, the I-5 south was completely closed the day after Thanksgiving.

The driver and passenger from Friday's 90-mph police chase through Orange County were in custody Monday after the subsequent wreck sent them to the hospital.

The driver, Ricardo Perez, a 28-year-old Anaheim resident, was on parole when Anaheim police tried to pull him over in an allegedly stolen truck, said Officer Chris Goodwin of the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP conducted the accident investigation after Perez lost control of his vehicle on the I-5 south at the Estrella junction and flipped multiple times, injuring himself, his suspected accomplice who was in the pickup with him and another motorist.

The investigation closed the freeway for eight hours on the Friday after Thanksgiving, resulting in miles of traffic delays.

Perez's passenger, Andrea Shanelle Brandon, 18, was also arrested. Both are expected to face charges of auto theft, possession of stolen property and felony evasion, said Sgt. Bob Dunn of the Anaheim Police Department.

According to jail records, Brandon is locked up in Central Women's Jail while Perez is locked up in Anaheim. Brandon's bail is set at $20,000, but being a parolee, Perez will remain behind bars, Dunn said.

Brad Martin November 28, 2012 at 12:21 AM
The CHP lost someone in the same exact spot maybe 2 months ago. Helicopters take time to get airborne and overhead. Last time the thief made it to palizada before exiting at high speeds onto city streets and loosing the chp in the residential neighborhoods.
Douglas Martin November 28, 2012 at 06:00 AM
Still not buying it.
V. Duvall November 28, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Yes, the point is safety. Unless you put the criminals behind bars who knows what would happen. The article say the guy was on parole, not probation. Parole means he was in state prison. We don't know what for, could have been manslaughter which really is murder. Think before you speaks. Thanks, CHP. Job well done. I do, however, think you could have opened the freeway up sooner.
Terry Carrigan December 07, 2012 at 04:07 PM
I know I'm late to this post... but thought I would chime in, It's pretty simple to help eliminate all types of crime.... It's called 3 felony strikes against you.... you are executed within 24 hrs of being convicted.... End of story! I do not hold ALL human life up on a pedestal.... People that want to hurt other GOOD people should not exist... this would cut crime immediately. No criminals laugh at our justice system, in fact I'm sure some want to get caught, where else can you get free room and board, three meals a day, free gym (to bulk up and keep in shape for their next crime spree) Cable TV, Free health care...and on and on. We need more GOOD people who want to help fellow man, not human cockroaches.
Charles December 07, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Executing them would be a waste of human resources. Better would be to put the incarcerated to work. Picking crops, cleaning buses, picking up trash, spell checking Patch posts, etc. The technology exists to make this economically and securely feasible.

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