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Chase ends in Newport yard

March 25, 2006

A Long Beach man in a stolen car led police on a high-speed chase that ended in a crash and his arrest early Friday, police said.

John Shelton, 33, was arrested on suspicion of auto theft, possession of stolen property, felony pursuit and a parole violation, police said.

Police attempted to stop a white Toyota Camry after the driver made an unsafe turn near the intersection of the 55 Freeway and Del Mar Avenue, but the car sped away when officers approached.

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As police pursued the car, it reached speeds in excess of 80 mph on Santa Ana Avenue before crashing into a fence around a house in the 2900 block of Cliff Drive in Newport Beach, police said.

The driver fled on foot, and Costa Mesa and Newport Beach police officers used police dogs and a helicopter to search for the driver.

Police found the man hiding in a business complex nearby and arrested him.

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