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Man arrested after high-speed chase through Glendale neighborhood

September 18, 2012

A 20-year-old Tujunga man was arrested Saturday after leading police on a high-speed pursuit in North Glendale — at one point allegedly hitting speeds in excess of 80 mph on residential streets, officials said.

The man, Raymond Gharibian, was arrested just after midnight after he was briefly able to elude officers before getting spotted by a police helicopter.

After Gharibian failed to pull over for a traffic infraction on Glenoaks Boulevard, officers activated their patrol car’s lights and sirens as they followed him into the neighborhood of Glenwood Road, where he allegedly traveled at speeds in excess of 80 mph and drove through three stop signs.

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At some point, officers spotted sparks under Gharibian’s BMW and backed off because his speed was unsafe for the neighborhood, according to police.

Soon after, the police helicopter reportedly found Gharibian and his passenger walking away from the BMW, which was parked at Pleasant View Terrace near Virginia Avenue.

He allegedly told police he fled because he was driving on a suspended license, which he got for failing to appear in court for a traffic violation.

-- Veronica Rocha, Times Community News

Follow Veronica Rocha on Google+ and Twitter: @VeronicaRochaLA

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