BY CINDY VON QUEDNOW, KTLA, Published 10:46 AM, January 18, 2019. Updated AT 05:20 PM, JANUARY 18, 2019
Three burglary suspects involved in a high-speed pursuit along the 60 Freeway surrendered after a box truck tore off their car’s door as the chase was coming to an end in South El Monte late Friday morning.
The incident began when deputies learned a burglary was in progress at a home on the 15600 block of Tall Oak Drive in Chino Hills around 10:25 a.m., the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.
The suspects — later identified as Los Angeles residents Cassidy Poston, 21; Oscar Rivas, 20; and 23-year-old Brandon Buchanan — were able to flee the residence before deputies arrived, officials said.
Authorities caught up with the group as they were driving near the intersection of Peyton and Valley Vista drives. Deputies attempted a traffic stop, but the driver did not heed orders and entered the 60 Freeway, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
The driver was weaving through traffic on the westbound 60 shortly before 11 a.m. when he moved to get off the freeway at Peck Road, Sky5 video showed.
He then attempted to maneuver around a box truck by trying to squeeze through the larger vehicle’s right side and the guardrail, according to the footage.
But the vehicle became stuck between the truck and the offramp’s railing, causing a collision that resulted in the car’s driving side door being sheared off.
The driver had to climb out of the vehicle after he stopped on the offramp and San Bernardino Sheriff’s officials took him into custody.
Two passengers also had to climb out of the crushed driver’s side while deputies held their guns out.
All three were taken into custody after the pursuit.
Deputies also recovered property stolen during the burglary, sheriff’s officials said.
Officials are now looking to speak with the occupants of the box truck, who apparently did not stay at the scene following the collision.
Anyone with information can contact investigators at 909-364-2000, or submit a tip anonymously via 800-782-7463.