Oxnard Man Held After Police Chase Through 3 Cities

From a Times Staff Writer

A 20-year-old Oxnard man was arrested early Monday after leading sheriff's deputies on a high-speed chase through three Ventura County cities, authorities said.

The chase began about 3:30 a.m., when deputies tried to stop a speeding pickup truck at Adolfo and Flynn roads in Camarillo.

The driver took off down Lewis Road, reaching speeds of 90 to 100 mph, running red lights and stop signs and occasionally driving on the wrong side of the road, authorities said.

The chase continued through Camarillo, Port Hueneme and Oxnard. Officers later learned that the truck had been reported stolen in Oxnard. The vehicle became disabled in a construction area near the Ventura Freeway and Wagon Wheel Road.

The driver, Brian Payton, was arrested by CHP officers on an outstanding felony warrant and on suspicion of auto theft, reckless driving and drug-related charges. A 17-year-old female passenger was arrested on suspicion of theft.

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