Pursuit that spanned 3 counties ends in Norco

A Montebello resident in a stolen BMW was arrested Wednesday, Dec. 28, after leading officers on a high-speed chase from the Boyle Heights area through three counties before surrendering in a fast food restaurant parking lot in Norco.

Deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Transit Policing Division first spotted the stolen vehicle in the area of 101 and 10 freeways about 8 p.m. After conducting a records check on the car’s license plates, they learned the vehicle had been reported stolen, according to sheriff’s Lt. Jesus Carrasco.

California Highway Patrol officers attempted to stop the driver, who was later identified as 42-year-old Frank Gutierrez, however Gutierrez refused to yield and continued driving. Officers initiated a vehicle pursuit on the eastbound 60 freeway at Atlantic Boulevard.

During the pursuit, the BMW reached speeds around 90 mph as it was driven north on the 605 freeway then east on the 10 freeway to southbound I-15. Pursuing officers reportedly observed Gutierrez throwing a white powdery substance out the car window, according to Riverside CHP Sgt. Willie Bowen.

Gutierrez eventually exited the freeway in Norco where he pulled into a fast food restaurant parking lot and surrendered about 8:40 p.m.

During a subsequent search of the stolen vehicle, Riverside Highway Patrol officers located and recovered a large bag of methamphetamine from the BMW.

Gutierrez was found to be on probation for a previous drug charge.


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Trevor Montgomery spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including the Robert Presley Detention Center, the Southwest Station in Temecula, the Hemet Station, and the Lake Elsinore Station, along with many other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, Personnel and Background Investigations and he finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator.

Trevor has been married for more than 26 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.