Three arrested after chase in Costa Mesa

Police arrested two men and one woman after a chase in Costa Mesa on Sunday night, according to a Police Department news release.

During the pursuit an officer Tasered one of the suspects, the release said.

Aaron Martinez, of Santa Ana, and Costa Mesa resident Manuel Campos, both 21, were arrested and booked for vehicle theft and obstructing and resisting an officer, said Lt. Rob Sharpnack.

Officers responded to a call of a stolen SUV about 8:40 p.m. Sunday. They found the car matching the description and license plate number at 19th Street and Newport Boulevard, according to the statement.

Once it became apparent that police were approaching the vehicle, the juvenile female suspect jumped out of the car and immediately sat on the curb. Police would not release the name of the woman because she is under age.

As Campos began to exit the SUV, police asked him to remain in the vehicle, but then he got back in and the SUV sped off, initiating a pursuit of less than a mile.

Martinez, the driver, and Campos abandoned the vehicle at 1979 Tustin Ave. and fled by foot in different directions, the release said. When Campos turned to face the responding officer, he was Tasered.

After an hour-long search using police dogs and a helicopter, police found Martinez in a shed. He was then arrested without incident.

—Lauren Williams

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