A police K-9 routed a suspect from the vehicle he allegedly stole Saturday night in Garden Grove.
According to Sgt. Charles Loffler of the GGPD, William McNair, 45, of Los Angeles was arrested for carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon, felony evading and carjacking.
The incident began around 11:34 p.m. at Harbor and Garden Grove boulevards where a man and woman – identified only as Asians in their 50s from Santa Ana – were at a bank to use an automatic teller machine. As the woman passenger left the vehicle to use the ATM, the suspect allegedly approached the male driver and dragged him out.
Jumping in the driver’s seat, he drove off, almost striking the man as he drove out of the parking lot and south on Harbor Boulevard, said Sgt. Loffler.
Gang Unit officers of the GGPD were conducting an unrelated traffic stop nearby and saw the vehicle speed by as the carjacking was being reported on the police radio.
A pursuit ensued and officers caught up to McNair in the area of Harbor and Adams Avenue in Costa Mesa. An attempted high-risk traffic stop was unsuccessful and the chase continued through Costa Mesa and Newport Beach and ended at Ocean Boulevard and Channel Road near The Wedge, a popular surfing area.
According to Sgt. Loffler, the suspect was “uncooperative” and refused commands to leave the vehicle. The auto was blocked off by police vehicles to prevent flight
“Non-lethal projectiles” and “irritants” were employed, but the suspect remained adamant. The standoff was finally broken when the K-9 was deployed and the suspect left the vehicle and was taken into custody.
After being identified by the victims as the carjackers, McNair was taken to an area hospital where he was admitted for treatment for injuries not considered life-threatening.
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