PALMDALE — A 29-year-old man who allegedly carjacked two vehicles and led deputies and California Highway Patrol officers on a high-speed chase through the Antelope Valley on Wednesday was arrested after crashing a CHP cruiser he stole while being chased in the Rosamond area, officials said.
Juan Jose Galvez, 29, was arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon. A female passenger was also taking into custody.
The chase began about 5:05 p.m. in Palmdale, where deputies tried to pull over the suspect’s car because he was suspected of driving recklessly and possibly under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
About 20 minutes later, the CHP was informed that deputies were in pursuit of a vehicle wanted for assault on a deputy and that a man and a woman were in the suspect vehicle, according to a CHP news statement.
With Sheriff’s deputies ending their pursuit, the CHP spotted the vehicle and tried to stop it at 5:26 p.m., but the attempt failed and a pursuit across the Antelope Valley began.
It ended initially when the suspect’s vehicle drove into the desert and became disabled.
The driver, Galvez, exited the vehicle armed with a handgun and carjacked a pickup truck, resulting in a short pursuit, according to the CHP news statement.
Galvez again drove into the desert and the pickup truck became disabled.
He and female passenger ran off and the pursuing officers lost sight of them.
“The male subject was able to turn back and entered an unoccupied CHP vehicle,” according to the statement.
The stolen CHP unit subsequently stopped when it was disabled after leaving the paved roadway. Galvez was taken into custody at 6:16 p.m. on Rosamond Boulevard, west of 140th Street West.
He is being held on $100,000 bail.
His female passenger was taken into custody at 8:10 p.m. after a search of the area. Both suspects were booked at the sheriff’s Palmdale station. Her name and charges were not available at press time.
A handgun was recovered from the stolen pickup truck.
There were no injuries to any CHP officers.