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CHP officer shoots driver in police pursuit

A car-theft suspect was shot by a CHP officer in a pursuit that stretched from East L.A. to Mission Viejo Thursday.

April 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man and woman accused of stealing a car and leading California Highway Patrol officers on a freeway chase are under arrest.

The hour-long chase started early Thursday morning in East Los Angeles and ended in Mission Viejo.

The CHP says the car briefly stopped in Commerce and officers approached the vehicle on foot, but the man drove the car toward an officer. An officer the fired at the driver. The man was struck in the hand, then drove away.

The CHP laid spike-strips in Mission Viejo, forcing the car to stop.

The driver was arrested and hospitalized.

The female passenger was also taken into custody.

No officers were hurt.