A parolee led Orange County Sheriff's Deputies on a chase from San Clemente up to Avery Parkway in Mission Viejo Tuesday afternoon.
Deputies rolled up on the man and another behind the liquor store at the 2400 block of El Camino Real to conduct a pedestrian check. Deputies recognized him as a parolee, and he fled as they investigated what they alleged was stolen property, said OCSD Lt. Roland Chacon.
The 30-year-old man, driving a gold Buick, led police north on the I-5 Freeway to Avery Parkway where he exited. Deputies decided to use a PIT, or "Pursuit Intervention Technique" maneuver to stop the man, Chacon said. The deputy immediately behind the suspect purposefully collided with the Buick's rear side panel, causing the driver to lose control.
He spun out into the middle of Medical Center Drive without hitting anything, Chacon said. Deputies were able to run up on the vehicle and take the man into custody -- where he remained as of Wednesday morning -- without further incident, Chacon said.
The leiutenent also alleged that deputies found more stolen property in the vehicle.