CHP: Kidnapping suspect leads authorities on chase in LA County with 2 children in car

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A kidnapping suspect was taken into custody and his girlfriend's two young children were found safe after a chase ended in Pomona. (KABC)

A 28-year-old kidnapping suspect was taken into custody and his girlfriend's two children were found safe early Saturday morning after a high-speed chase ended in Pomona, authorities said.

After a caller reported the kidnapping at about 12:30 a.m., the driver of a 2017 Hyundai Elantra rammed two responding deputies' vehicles and sped away, according to a spokesperson for the L.A. County Sheriff's Department's East Los Angeles station.

The two young children were in the backseat of the vehicle as the pursuit began. California Highway Patrol officers took over the chase when the driver made his way onto the 210, 57 and 10 freeways, where he reached speeds of up to 90 mph, investigators said.

Four CHP officers suffered minor injuries when the suspect rammed their vehicles, which were positioned in an attempt to block him, the agency said.

While on the 10 Freeway, the suspect made a U-turn and was driving the wrong way in eastbound lanes before he descended a dirt embankment and crashed into construction equipment.

The pursuit ended shortly after 2 a.m. on the 10 Freeway, just east of Kellogg Drive. The driver attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended by CHP officers, according to authorities. He was later identified as Dylan Lassiter of Arcadia.

The two children, whose mother had a restraining order against the suspect, were found unharmed inside the sedan.

Suspected of DUI at the time of the incident, Lassiter was being held in lieu of $350,000 bail.
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