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Pursuit in Cathedral City ends in crash on Palm Springs road, 3 arrested


A police pursuit of a wanted parolee in Cathedral City ended in a crash on a Palm Springs roadway Wednesday afternoon.

Commander Paul Herrera of the Cathedral City Police Department told News Channel 3 that officers spotted Luis Ortiz, 24, of Cathedral City a wanted parolee driving a vehicle on San Antonio Drive in the 'Dream Homes' area of the city.

Luiz Ortiz (Courtesy of CCPD)

A CCPD news release revealed that Ortiz was wanted for his involvement in an assault with a firearm and a separate incident Tuesday night in which he was driving a stolen vehicle and led officers on a vehicle pursuit

The pursuit ended on N Gene Autry Trail and Artisan Way in Palm Springs when the suspect vehicle caused a multi-vehicle crash.

Herrera said three occupants of the suspect vehicle then fled on foot. All three suspects were located near East Camino Rojos and Via Roberto Miguel in Palm Springs.

One of the occupants inside the vehicle was identified as Juan Antonio Reyes Jr., 18 of Cathedral City.

Juan Reyes Jr. (Courtesy of CCPD)

The second occupant is an unidentified male juvenile. Both occupants were arrested for resisting, obstructing a police officer and possession of a loaded handgun, according to CCPD.

CCPD revealed that Ortiz was arrested for parole violation(s), assault with a deadly weapon, felon in possession of a loaded handgun, vehicle theft, felony evading police officers and leaving the scene of an injury collision. Other charges are pending.

Weapons found during the arrest

Herrera confirmed that some people were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. At this time, police have not disclosed the severity of their injuries or how many people were hospitalized.

The Palm Springs Police Department closed N Gene Autry between Tachevah and Vista Chino due to the crash. The roadway was back open at 4:45 p.m.

Stay with News Channel 3 for updates.

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