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Suspect on ATV arrested after brief pursuit

An ATV that was driven by a suspect on PCH. Photo courtes of the Seal Beach Police Department.
An ATV that was driven by a suspect on PCH. Photo courtes of the Seal Beach Police Department.

A man driving an off-road all-terrain vehicle on Pacific Coast Highway was arrested after a brief pursuit.

On Monday, May 31, 2021 at about 5:06 p.m., the Seal Beach Police Department received a request from the Huntington Beach Police Department to assist with a reckless driver who was operating an all-terrain vehicle on Pacific Coast Highway. Huntington Beach Police officers attempted to stop the vehicle and were involved in a collision which resulted in the officers sustaining moderate injuries. As the driver continued on Pacific Coast Highway, he was being followed by the Huntington Beach Police Department helicopter as it entered into Seal Beach.

Seal Beach Police officers attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver failed to yield and led officers on a brief pursuit. Due to the reckless nature of the suspect’s driving, the pursuit was terminated by Seal Beach officers. However, the helicopter continued following the ATV as it drove through several cities in Los Angeles Counties.

The suspect’s vehicle became disabled in the area of El Segundo Boulevard and Main Street in the city of Los Angeles. The suspect surrendered and was taken into custody by Seal Beach officers with the assistance of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies.

The suspect was identified as 18-year old Tyreese Gatlin of Los Angeles, CA. Gatlin was arrested for reckless driving and felony evading. He was later booked at the Orange County Jail.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Sergeant Chris Hendrix at (562) 799-4100 ext. 1112 or [email protected]

This article was released by the Seal Beach Police Department.