Honda Civic Recovered, Suspect Arrested Following High Speed Chase, by Anaheim Police Using LoJack

  • September 25, 2012
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On August 30, 2012, the owner of a 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid contacted Anaheim Police Department to report that his vehicle had been stolen from his parking spot the night before. Anaheim Police verified the theft and entered the Honda’s information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.

A short while later, a detective with the Anaheim Police Department, who had been assisting another detective from the Orange County Auto Theft Task Force, picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Honda in the area of Lincoln Avenue and Rio Vista Street.  Following the directional and signal strength cues on the LoJack Police Tracking Computer installed in his patrol vehicle, the detective observed the vehicle driving into an automotive repair shop parking lot.

The detective pulled behind the stolen Honda and ordered the driver to turn off the engine and exit the vehicle.  At this point, the suspect backed up, nearly hitting the police car, made a U-turn, and sped off.  Assisting units arrived on site, but the suspect evaded the officers at speeds in excess of 100 MPH. The pursuit lasted a few minutes before the suspect lost control of the vehicle, striking several trees in the city of Orange.

The suspect then fled from the vehicle on foot, but was apprehended by assisting officers. After a short struggle, the suspect was taken into custody without further incident.  Due to injuries sustained in the collision, the suspect was examined by medical personnel and transported to a medical facility for treatment. The suspect apparently admitted he was under the influence of Methamphetamine. He was later booked on numerous felony charges. 

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Honda Civic at Galpin Honda on June 13, 2007.