An “old beaten” up motorhome sought Tuesday morning by deputies in connection with a domestic violence report and concerns for children onboard appeared to make a return visit to the SCV later in the afternoon.
Shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday, deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to a domestic violence call alerting them to possibility children were aboard a 1989 Dolphin motorhome.
Officers with Los Angeles Police Department tried to stop an old RV in North Hollywood after receiving a report about domestic violence.
“It failed to pull over and that’s when the pursuit began,” LAPD Officer Mike Lopez told The Signal.
Lopez noted that officers were not sure at the time if the RV wanted in North Hollywood was the same RV wanted in SCV earlier in the day.
The LAPD handed over the pursuit to the California Highway Patrol about 3 p.m. as the vehicle traveled north on Interstate 5.
About 3:15 p.m., the RV zipped through the SUV, on a slick rain-soaked roadway, and continued north into the Grapevine, with at least six CHP vehicles trailing behind it.
“The woman in this domestic incident, his wife, is at the Sheriff’s Station and she’s been texting him, trying to get him to pull and get him to stop but he won’t,” CHP Officer Eric Priessman said, as CHP continued to follow the RV.
Pursuing CHP officers with the Newhall Station were expected to “hand off” the pursuit to their counterparts at the Fort Tejon Station, he said, assuming the driver continues north on I-5.
Earlier in the day, deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station called off a short pursuit on city streets out of concern for the children reportedly aboard.
“This was a domestic violence situation and when the woman reported it, she gave a description of the vehicle,” Sgt. Dan Dantice told The Signal on Tuesday morning.
“One of our deputies saw the vehicle on Newhall Ranch Road, but it failed to yield, travelling south to the (Interstate 5) freeway.
A brief pursuit from Grandview Drive to Dickason Drive ensued.
“There was a short pursuit on Newhall Ranch Road,” Dantice said, noting “we erred on the side of caution and called it off.”
Deputies notified the California Highway Patrol about the vehicle with Oregon licence plates.
CHP Officer Josh Greengard said CHP officers spotted no sign of the motor home.
Deputies were not able to confirm that children were in the sought vehicle.
“We had witness accounts (there were children),” Sgt. Brian Shreves said, noting there was also unconfirmed reports of a firearm in the same vehicle.
“We are investigating this as a domestic violence incident,” he said.