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Slow-Speed Pursuit Ends in DUI Arrest

The chase took police through South Pasadena and Pasadena.

An Alhambra man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and misdemeanor evading Friday night after trying to elude police through the city and neighboring Pasadena.

Sgt. Tony Abdalla of the South Pasadena Police Department said 35-year-old Tim Morgan, in his gray 1999 Ford Explorer, was spotted at 11:45 p.m. in the 300 block of Garfield Avenue. The area has had issues with theft and burglaries, and Morgan's presence there at that hour drew the attention of police, Abdalla said. When authorities approached Morgan, he drove off, leading to a slow-speed pursuit that saw Morgan stopping for signs and red lights while trying to flee.

The pursuit lasted about 50 minutes as Morgan trekked from South Pasadena to Pasadena, then back into South Pas and eventually stopping at the intersection of Huntington Drive and Garfield Avenue. Morgan then got out of his car, was subjected to a field sobriety test, then arrested.

Editor's note: This story has been changed. The chase lasted for 50 minutes, not 15, as stated in the original version.

Ron Rosen January 26, 2013 at 07:49 PM
Good to see that Patch is right on top of the biggest stories involving the SPPD!

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