Car Chase Ends with Bagel Customer Tackling Female Fugitive

UPDATE: Authorities cuff a woman in Lake Forest after a bagel shop regular -- who happens to be an off-duty sheriff's deputy -- grabs her. A Laguna Beach passenger is also arrested.

A woman who led authorities on a high-speed chase was arrested Wednesday after she jumped out of her SUV in Lake Forest and was tackled by an off-duty deputy who frequents a nearby bagel shop, according to officials and witnesses.

The pursuit began around 8:30 a.m., after California Highway Patrol officers responded to reports of a disabled SUV along the center divider of the 241 tollway, said the CHP's Sgt. Pines.

When officers pulled up behind the SUV, the driver sped away, officials said. Orange County sheriff's deputies soon joined the pursuit.

One woman recounted the scene on Facebook:

"There was just a high speed chase that ended w/a foot pursuit into the Ralphs parking lot on Lake Forest & Trabuco," Terri Lynn Cole wrote. "A morning regular of Bagels & Brew tackled the girl who ran. Cops cuffed her and took her away."

Witnesses at the scene told Patch the woman, driving a beige SUV, raced down Lake Forest Drive and plowed over some bushes as she drove into the shopping plaza parking lot. She then fled on foot into a CVS pharmacy, where a bagel shop regular followed and grabbed her.

The bagel shop customer turned out to be an off-duty sheriff's deputy, authorities said later. And the SUV was stolen, they said.

Denise Beever said she was driving on Lake Forest Drive when the SUV blew past her.

"I thought, 'My goodness, someone is really in a hurry to get to school,' " she recalled.

Witnesses said the woman had a male passenger who surrendered immediately when deputies approached the vehicle.

Driver Melanie Ybarrondo, 32, of Hemet, and passenger Milo William Parker, 27, of Laguna Beach were arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and evading an officer, the CHP said.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story had Bagels & Brew employees describing the tackler as an airport security worker. He was an off-duty sheriff's deputy.

JustUs January 31, 2013 at 03:27 AM
"Passengers are placed under arrest until it is determined if / how they are involved in an incident." hah. How is that constitutional? So if they catch a bank robber inside the bank they arrest everyone else inside the bank "until it is determined if / how they are involved in an incident"? That's nutty.
Elle January 31, 2013 at 04:07 AM
thanks for the response, homer. was just curious. this will help me to remember to jump out of the car if i'm hitchhiking and the driver does something crazy.
Dave Morris January 31, 2013 at 05:09 AM
Great coverage. The CHP was coming down the wrong way on Lake Forest off the freeway. Of course traffic made no effort to move out of the way of emergency vehicles with lights and sirens. Glad no other bystanders got hurt during the chase
Lady Golfnut January 31, 2013 at 05:20 AM
This is the very first time that a Patch column showed up in my email with comments on the same day! Usually it shows up say on a Wednesday and a dozen or so commenters were from the day before? What is up with that? I hate old news!
Tom February 01, 2013 at 06:33 AM
She could have been armed and dangerous, Im glad he grabbed her and got her arrested, she could have possibly got away out a back door...plus the vehicle was stolen that she was driving...what are ya baffled about..? Cops are just doing their job, on and off duty, I think they should award the guy....you need to pull your head out and recognize when the right actions are done.


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