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Suspected car thief leads authorities on chase in Moreno Valley

Danny Varelas, 31, is seen in this mug shot. Varelas was arrested and charged with vehicle theft, felony evading, receiving stolen property, transportation of methamphetamine, violation of probation and being under the influence of a controlled substance after he lead authorities on a chase through Moreno Valley on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. (Riverside Country Sheriff's Dept.)
January 6, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
A man who allegedly stole a car was arrested after leading police on a chase through the streets of Moreno Valley.

The pursuit began Friday night after police spotted a stolen vehicle near Ironwood Avenue and Heacock Street. When officers tried to stop the car, the driver, identified as 31-year-old Danny Varelas, gave chase.

Riverside County Sheriff's took over the chase shortly before Varelas collided with another car at Lasselle Street and Krameria Avenue. Varelas sustained minor injuries and was treated before he was taken to jail. Three young adults inside the other vehicle sustained minor abrasions but denied medical treatment.

Police say Varelas is a gang member in Moreno Valley. He has been charged with vehicle theft, felony evading, receiving stolen property, transportation of methamphetamine, violation of probation and being under the influence of a controlled substance.


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