Suspects Identified in Chase that Caused Holiday SigAlert

After a high-speed pursuit and brutal wreck, the I-5 south was completely closed the day after Thanksgiving.

The driver and passenger from Friday's 90-mph police chase through Orange County were in custody Monday after the subsequent wreck sent them to the hospital.

The driver, Ricardo Perez, a 28-year-old Anaheim resident, was on parole when Anaheim police tried to pull him over in an allegedly stolen truck, said Officer Chris Goodwin of the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP conducted the accident investigation after Perez lost control of his vehicle on the I-5 south at the Estrella junction and flipped multiple times, injuring himself, his suspected accomplice who was in the pickup with him and another motorist.

The investigation closed the freeway for eight hours on the Friday after Thanksgiving, resulting in miles of traffic delays.

Perez's passenger, Andrea Shanelle Brandon, 18, was also arrested. Both are expected to face charges of auto theft, possession of stolen property and felony evasion, said Sgt. Bob Dunn of the Anaheim Police Department.

According to jail records, Brandon is locked up in Central Women's Jail while Perez is locked up in Anaheim. Brandon's bail is set at $20,000, but being a parolee, Perez will remain behind bars, Dunn said.

Shirley November 27, 2012 at 05:58 AM
Just look at the mess two criminals can cause...
Dave November 27, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I'm sorry but do the police really have to go after thieves, not murderers, thieves with these ultra dramatic and unbelievably dangerous high speed chases? With all the expensive equipment they have, helicopters come immediately to mind, instead of endangering thousands of motorists by chasing some clown in a stolen care with the potential of all sorts of really bad things being the result, in this case the freeway being closed for a third of a day causing tens of thousands of people everything from a short delay to ruined weekend plans and thankfully only three injured people, why not simply hang back with a number of cruisers and helicopters and wait until the suspect either runs out of gas or a break arranged to clear the road ahead then toss tire poppers out in front of him without any innocent people being in the way? After all, a suspect can't outrun radios and helicopters and in any case is a stolen truck worth the potential loss of life, property and precious time. To my mind, hardly any amount of property is worth the threat to life and limb such cowboy antics present. Criminals are a fact of life, unfortunately intelligent apprehension of them often isn't. I know this won't be a popular point of view but it wouldn't be the first time a minority opinion turned out to be the correct one.
jws November 27, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I totally agree with your point of view, Dave. The priority should be public safety not catching a couple of thieves at the expense of thousands. Ridiclous prioritizing.
Joanne Pennington November 27, 2012 at 07:45 PM
I also agree with you Dave. I have now been on the I-5 in the midst of 2 high speed pursuits over stolen vehicles. It was very scary watching all those police cars go whizzing by at 80+ mph. If this were my vehicle I would not one person's life to be risked to recover it. As you stated with all the modern technologies the police have at their disposal there was absolutely no need, that I have seen as of yet, for this pursuit. I feel it was reckless, callus disregard for life and very ill timed to say the least. I really don't care who disagrees with me on this. I am pro law enforcement, I come from a family whom has law enforcement officers among our ranks and unless this person was clearly causing a danger to others, this never should have happened. It is long past time for the state and its police deparments to examine and redefine its policies and procedures before any more innocent people are injured (not the suspects) or killed .
BTB November 27, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I believe when you catch these types, do what was done to horse thieves.... hang them.
Just Me November 27, 2012 at 10:36 PM
It sounds like too many people watch too many shows like CSI and such.While I'd never want to see any innocent bystanders hurt by a pursuit like this, I also can't believe that a simple helicopter can keep everything safe. Haven't you all heard about the budget cutbacks including air support? And should we just let the criminals drive away while waiting for the helicopter to warm up and take flight? And the radios...should we give theie current position and nothing more? If you're not following how can you update? If you are following, how fast? Can you "keep up" or do you need to have a limit no matter how fast the criminals going? Sorry to be so cynical but the rose colored glasses need to come off and we need to be honest about this. If you're car was stolen right in front of you, can you really say that you don't want anyone to try and get it back but instead will just wait for it to turn up somewhere?
Brad Martin November 28, 2012 at 12:21 AM
The CHP lost someone in the same exact spot maybe 2 months ago. Helicopters take time to get airborne and overhead. Last time the thief made it to palizada before exiting at high speeds onto city streets and loosing the chp in the residential neighborhoods.
Douglas Martin November 28, 2012 at 06:00 AM
Still not buying it.
V. Duvall November 28, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Yes, the point is safety. Unless you put the criminals behind bars who knows what would happen. The article say the guy was on parole, not probation. Parole means he was in state prison. We don't know what for, could have been manslaughter which really is murder. Think before you speaks. Thanks, CHP. Job well done. I do, however, think you could have opened the freeway up sooner.
Terry Carrigan December 07, 2012 at 04:07 PM
I know I'm late to this post... but thought I would chime in, It's pretty simple to help eliminate all types of crime.... It's called 3 felony strikes against you.... you are executed within 24 hrs of being convicted.... End of story! I do not hold ALL human life up on a pedestal.... People that want to hurt other GOOD people should not exist... this would cut crime immediately. No criminals laugh at our justice system, in fact I'm sure some want to get caught, where else can you get free room and board, three meals a day, free gym (to bulk up and keep in shape for their next crime spree) Cable TV, Free health care...and on and on. We need more GOOD people who want to help fellow man, not human cockroaches.
Charles December 07, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Executing them would be a waste of human resources. Better would be to put the incarcerated to work. Picking crops, cleaning buses, picking up trash, spell checking Patch posts, etc. The technology exists to make this economically and securely feasible.


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