CORONA – The suspect involved in a robbery, hit-and-run, and police pursuit in Corona was rushed to the hospital on Thursday authorities said. At around 11:25 a.m., according to witnesses, the suspect walked into the USA Gas station in the 600 block of W. Sixth Street and brandished a weapon while demanding money from the clerk. The clerk complied and the suspect left with an undisclosed amount of cash from the cash register.
Shortly after, at around noon dispatchers received a call reporting a non-injury hit-and-run traffic collision on W. Sixth Street near Sherman Avenue. The victim followed the suspect vehicle to the area of Sixth Street and Sheridan, where the suspect stopped his vehicle and went into a business. The victim was able to provide the suspect description to dispatchers as he exited the business and go back into the vehicle. The dispatchers linked the two calls as possibly being related since the suspect description matched the robbery suspect description.
Officers searched for the vehicle and located it near Merrill and Third Street. Officers attempted a traffic stop, but the vehicle continued on. The suspect continued on through city streets, without stopping for the lights and sirens of the patrol vehicle at speeds of around 25-35 miles per hour. He failed to stop at the red light on W. Third Street at Main Street and continued on driving eastbound on Quarry Street from Rimpau Avenue, past the dead end on Quarry, into an undeveloped lot and directly into the concrete flood control channel east of Quarry. The vehicle stopped after slamming into the wall of the channel adjacent to the 15 freeway.
He was rushed to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment. No other injuries were reported as a result of the incidents.
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