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Reckless Driver Charged With Felony Evading After Injuring Two In 5 Freeway Pursuit Crash

Officers arrested a reckless driver Sunday and charged him with felony evading after he allegedly crashed during a 5 Freeway pursuit, injuring two other individuals, officials said.

On Sunday around 4 p.m., officers with the California Highway Patrol Newhall Area Office received a 9-1-1 call of a reckless driver on the 5 Freeway in Santa Clarita, said Officer Josh Greengard, a spokesperson for the office.

“Officers were able to locate the vehicle and attempted to make an enforcement stop,” Greengard said.

The vehicle fled from officers and a pursuit was initiated, according to CHP officials.

After a brief pursuit, the suspect crashed into another car on the northbound 5 Freeway near Hasley Canyon Road, injuring two people in the other vehicle, Greengard said.

Martin Ordonez, 22, of Thousand Oaks, was arrested and charged for evading a peace officer causing great bodily injury, a felony, Greengard said.

Ordonez was arrested and transported to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station jail with bail set at $215,000, according to arrest records.

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Reckless Driver Charged With Felony Evading After Injuring Two In 5 Freeway Pursuit Crash

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