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Speeds reach 100 mph in police pursuit in E.C.

October 22, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

The driver of a car with expired license registration led police on a high-speed chase through El Centro streets Sunday night, El Centro police Sgt. Theresa Quinn reported this morning.

The pursuit, which reached 100 mph, started about 8 p.m. near Fourth and Main streets when El Centro police Officer Leo Bulong attempted to stop an unidentified motorist for an expired registration.

When Bulong flashed his patrol car's lights, the motorist refused to stop. Bulong turned on his siren, but the driver kept going, increasing speed south on Fourth Street.

Quinn said the chase continued into Heber, where the motorist drove onto residential streets at speeds of 50 mph.

The fleeing motorist doused the lights on the car, a black Nissan Sentra, at which time Bulong decided the pursuit had become too dangerous and he broke off the chase, Quinn said.

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Police were continuing to investigate the case today.

Staff writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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