Lake Elsinore police officers apprehended two men and a woman after a pursuit that led them up the Ortega Highway ultimately ending back in Lake Elsinore, it was reported.
A motorcycle officer observed a grey Honda Civic just before 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday Aug. 1 in the 32000 block of Riverside Drive.
The officer ran a check on the license plate and discovered the Honda had been stolen on July 29 out of Capistrano Beach.
When the officer attempted to stop the stolen car, the driver sped off and a pursuit ensued.
The driver careened up the Ortega Highway towards the Orange County line, and then turned around and headed back toward Lake Elsinore, Sgt. David Cordoza said.
The car was abandoned and three suspects fled into dense brush near the intersection of Grand Avenue and Toft Drive.
Officers immediately established a perimeter and a K-9 unit was called in to help detain the suspects.
One suspect surrendered, but the other two suspects refused to follow orders to come out.
The police dog quickly found the second suspect after a brief struggle, he was detained. The third suspect gave up without incident, a sheriff’s report stated.
The driver, Lake Elsinore resident Guillermo Gonzalez, 30, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, felony evading, and driving under the influence of a controlled substance.
Luis Acosta, 22, of Lake Elsinore was arrested for conspiracy to commit a felony offense, possession of stolen property and a misdemeanor warrant.
San Clemente resident Candy Lopez, 18, was arrested for conspiracy to commit a felony offense and possession of stolen property.
Anyone with additional information regarding this case is urged to contact the Lake Elsinore Police Department at 951-245-3300.