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SB Crime Report

A 29-year-old man was arrested after allegedly leading officers on a short pursuit while driving a stolen car on March 12 at about 12:11 p.m. When a Seal Beach police motorcycle officer attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation, the driver led officers on a brief pursuit through the Old Town neighborhood of Seal Beach.

The vehicle eventually came to a stop on 12th Street between Electric Avenue and Landing Avenue.

The driver quickly exited the vehicle and began to act in an erratic manner, refusing to follow the orders of the police officers. Officers on scene used a Taser to take the suspect into custody without further incident. The driver was identified as Richard Ortiz of Represa, California.

Once the scene was secure, officers discovered the vehicle that Ortiz was driving had been stolen earlier that morning in Los Angeles.

Ortiz was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting arrest, failure to yield for an emergency vehicle and other California Vehicle Code violations. He was later booked at the Orange County Jail.

The stolen vehicle was returned to the registered owner.

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