05/09/2007

Pepper spray, beanbag rounds ends police pursuit in Calif.

Woman suspected of writing bad check chased through several cities, stopped with spike strip.

Orange County Register

CYPRESS, Calif. — A woman suspected of forging a check led authorities on a pursuit Sunday night before being pepper sprayed and arrested in Cypress, a police sergeant said.

Police say that Janis Marie Kenna, 48, of Downey tried to make a purchase with a forged check at OfficeMax, 5895 Katella Ave., in Cypress, just before 6 p.m., said Sgt. Jeff Travis of the Los Alamitos Police Department.

An employee at the store reported her to a Los Alamitos police officer and described Kenna's vehicle as a dark-colored Ford Taurus, Travis said.

The officer tried to stop the vehicle near a Costco on Walker Street in Cypress. Kenna stopped for a moment but then drove away, Travis said.

Los Alamitos, Cypress, Huntington Beach and La Palma officers, along with a California Highway Patrol helicopter, pursued Kenna over Los Angeles County and Orange County freeways and surface streets at moderate speeds for about an hour, Travis said.

At about 7 p.m., Cypress police officers used a spike strip on Moody Avenue at Ball Road to puncture the tires of her car, and she stopped at Marion Street, Travis said.

Kenna refused to get out of her vehicle, so officers broke a window in her car with a bean bag round and shot pepper spray inside, he said.

She then surrendered and was taken into custody, he said.

She was booked into the Orange County Jail on suspicion of forgery, burglary, evading arrest and drug possession, Travis said.

City News Service
Copyright 2007 Orange County Register

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