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Driver in High-Speed Police Pursuit in Orange County Drives into Casino Valet Area

A man who made criminal threats in Riverside County led California Highway Patrol on a pursuit through three counties Friday, driving at speeds up to 100 miles per hour, before ditching the car in a casino valet area and attempting to walk away unnoticed. 

The driver, behind the wheel of a red Dodge Dart, led the pursuit that began in the Riverside area, heading westbound on the 91 Freeway toward Orange County.

By 12:20 p.m., the chase had crossed into Orange County, with the driver tossing items out the window.

Riverside police said officers were surveying the man Thursday night amid a domestic violence investigation. Officers spotted him Friday around noon, and tried to pull him over at Van Buren Boulevard and Arlington Avenue. He refused to pull over, and officers began chasing the driver.

The driver eventually entered the valet area of the Commerce Casino and parked the car, walking away with a black sweatshirt on and a hat. 

When he was noticed and confronted by several patrol vehicles, he took off the sweatshirt, held up his hands and lifted a white Tshirt in front of the officers. 

He then got on the ground on his stomach and was taken into custody.

No other information was available.

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