RIVERSIDE – A suspect who swallowed methamphetamine during a police pursuit of a stolen car apparently came to his senses and dialed 911 to tell police he would surrender — right at the police station.
Riverside police called Anaheim authorities to say a newer model Mercedes had been stolen and the vehicle’s GPS technology indicated it was in Anaheim, Anaheim police Sgt. Daron Wyatt said.
The pursuit began at 11:40 a.m. at Savanna and Knott streets and lasted about 15 minutes, Wyatt said.
During the pursuit, the suspect, who appeared to be in his 20s or 30s, called 911 and said, “I’m on the way to the police station,” Wyatt said.
The suspect drove to the city’s police station, parked in the lot and surrendered without incident, Wyatt said.
He was taken to an area hospital to be treated when he told police he swallowed methamphetamine during the pursuit, Wyatt said. When he is medically cleared he will be booked, Wyatt added.
During the pursuit the suspect drove on the wrong side of the road a couple of times and went through some red lights but never went over 50 mph, Wyatt said.
“It has happened before,” Wyatt said of a suspect surrendering to police. “But it doesn’t happen every day.”