El Sereno -- A 25-year-old woman who led officers on a chase in a stolen van was taken into custody today, along with another motorist who gave her a ride in a car at the tail end of a nearly two- hour pursuit.
The televised chase began in Alhambra about 9:10 a.m., when the van driver, Raquel Alvarez, fled after being pulled over for allegedly failing to stop at a red light at Fremont Avenue and Main Street, according to police.
Officers could be seen chasing the white van on surface streets in the El Sereno area, and then on the San Bernardino (10) Freeway before going along various surface streets in the downtown Los Angeles area and back into the El Sereno area.
Shortly after 10 a.m., the van stopped near Norwich and Sheffield avenues, and Alvarez got out carrying a bag. But she quickly got back into the van and drove off when an officer drove up to the vehicle in a patrol car.
About 10:55 a.m., the van stopped in a residential neighborhood near Pueblo Avenue and Gambier Street, and Alvarez got out and jumped into the passenger side of a car whose driver then took off, with officers trailing behind.
Officers -- Los Angeles police were also involved in the chase -- followed the car to a residential neighborhood in the area of Warwick Avenue and Martin Street, where the vehicle stopped and the driver got out and surrendered shortly after 11 a.m., followed a short time later by Alvarez, according to Alhambra police.
Alvarez was arrested on suspicion of grand theft auto, felony evading and hit-and-run, according to Alhambra police.
The name of the second person, who was arrested on an unrelated warrant, was not immediately released. A second passenger in that car was not arrested, an Alhambra Police Department spokesperson said.