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Two in custody after high-speed pursuit

BARSTOW • Authorities apprehended a man and a woman Monday evening following a high-speed pursuit along Highway 58, which began well northwest of Barstow.

The reason for the chase remained murky late Monday, although a police dispatcher said that Bay Area authorities may have sought one of the persons for suspicion of a violent crime.

The pursuit came to an end near the transition of Highway 58 into Interstate 15 at roughly 5:30 p.m. after California Highway Patrol deployed two spike strips, according to Barstow CHP Officer Don Spiker.

The man and woman were then caught following a brief foot chase, Spiker said.

No injuries were reported, however, the chase reached dangerous speeds upward of 130 mph as the suspect vehicle — possibly a rented Hyundai Sonota — veered at times onto the shoulder and into oncoming traffic, according to scanner traffic.

Barstow California Highway Patrol assumed the chase near Kramer Junction sometime around 5 p.m. A San Bernardino County Sheriff’s helicopter was also involved in the pursuit.

More information was expected Tuesday.

Shea Johnson may be reached at 760-955-5368 or

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