Some people just don’t know when to stop. That was certainly the case with 30-year-old Melvin Lane of Long Beach and 25-year-old Brittani Collins of Los Angeles, both of whom led sheriffs from Los Angeles and San Bernardino in a high-speed chase across multiple freeways and through multiple car accidents before their arrest on February 26th.
According to an LASD press release, Lane took the wheel of a silver Lexus after LASD detectives noticed him and Collins burglarizing a Chino Hills residence on the 2900 block of Olympic View Drive. Both the LASD and deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (SBSD) attempted to stop the vehicle but were unsuccessful, leading to a high-speed pursuit across Chino and Chino Hills.
By the time Lane and Collins drove onto the 60 Freeway, the pursuing deputies were joined by an LASD helicopter and officers from the California Highway Patrol. Despite the reinforcements, Lane and Collins remained undeterred as they reached speeds of 100 miles per hour. During their time on the freeway, the two suspects collided with two vehicles but still refused to stop.
The suspects’ vehicle continued into the area of Normandie Avenue and Exposition Boulevard, where Lane fled the car on foot. Collins attempted to continue the marathon pursuit before crashing into a bus and another vehicle at the corner of Normandie and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Lane managed to get one more police department involved as the LAPD arrested him shortly after Collins’ capture.
After the suspect’s arrests, police recovered the stolen property, which was later identified by the victims. Both Lane and Collins were booked at the SBSD Chino Hills Substation for residential burglary and vehicular evading.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department 323-267-4800, or the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Chino Hills Station at 909-364-2000
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