Newport Beach Police were involved in a high-speed pursuit that occurred on the Pacific Coast Highway late Sunday, which led to a car accident in the Orange County area. Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella stated that the chase started when a Newport Beach officer attempted to pull over a speeding car with no headlights around 11 p.m. near Walnut Street. The driver of the gray Chevrolet sedan was identified as 39-year-old Louis Holt of Los Angeles. Apparently, when the officer tried to pull Holt over, he slowed down but did not stop until he was three miles from the Huntington Beach entrance bridge. As the officer approached the Chevrolet he could see that the car was running, but there was no key in the ignition. When Holt was ordered to get out of the car, he sped away even with pleas from a female passenger in the backseat of the car asking him to stop.
Police pursued Holt as he was traveling at speeds more than 100 mph down Pacific Coast Highway before colliding with a light pole on First Street. Once the car came to a final stop, Holt and 26-year-old driver-side passenger Forrest Green of Los Angeles fled on foot but were quickly tackled by Huntington Beach Police officers. Officers also suspected that the vehicle Holt was driving was stolen.
Upon being detained, Holt stated that he was injured and was transported to a local medical center before he was arrested on charges of suspicion of driving while high on drugs, resisting arrest, kidnapping (since he took the woman in the backseat on the pursuit with her consent), and possession of a methamphetamine pipe. The driver-side passenger Forrest Green was charged with suspicion of resisting arrest and for an outstanding warrant.
Police concluded that the car was not stolen and belonged to one of the passengers after they conducted a full investigation. Luckily, there were no fatalities this time, but it is vital that if you are injured or involved in an automotive accident in Newport Beach to contact the authorities and a car accident lawyer in Newport Beach immediately. Unfortunately, auto accident
Unfortunately, auto accidents occur somewhere in Orange County on a daily basis. California has implemented personal injury laws to protect victims injured in accidents because of the negligence of others. If you are injured in an O.C. accident, be sure to contact the best Orange County accident lawyer you can to ensure your legal rights are protected.