Mercedes pursued by CHP from Acton to Mission Hills reached 140 mph

A motorist fleeing from police reached speeds of 140 mph on Tuesday evening, prompting California Highway Patrol officers concerned about safety to call off the chase.

Although the driver eluded CHP officers, officers who obtained a clear identification of the license plate are investigating the case with confidence.

“We do have a plate,” CHP Officer Josh Greengard said, noting the search continues for the driver.

The incident began about 8 p.m. Tuesday when the driver of a Mercedes caught the attention of a CHP officer monitoring traffic on Highway 14 at Escondido Canyon Road, between Acton and Agua Dulce.

“We had one of our officers on the right side of the highway monitoring speeds of 90 mph by a Mercedes,” Greengard said.

The monitoring officer gave chase.

“He tried to get close to him but the Mercedes sped up to 90 miles an hour,” Greengard said. “Those speeds continued to climb all the way up to 140.”

As the pursued car traveled southbound on Interstate 5, CHP officers decided to call off the pursuit as the Mercedes reached the southbound lanes of Interstate 405.

“With the amount of traffic, it wasn’t safe to continue,” Greengard said.

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