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Two arrested after car chase in Long Beach


Two people were arrested on Nov. 3 after a brief police chase ended with a vehicle crashing and overturning on East Park Avenue.

Police said the pursuit began after an officer attempted to pull over the driver of a minivan for a traffic violation.

According to Long Beach Police Sgt. Richard DePalma, at around 3:30 a.m. on Nov. 3 the pursuit ended when the vehicle hit the center median and overturned at the intersection of Long Beach Boulevard and East Park Avenue. The crash sent a large decorative anchor, a centerpiece in a garden median, into the middle of the intersection.

DePalma said the suspects in the vehicle had been involved in a burglary prior to the crash.

The driver, Thamarra Joseph, 22, was arrested and charged with second-degree obstructing governmental administration, second-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving, third-degree fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and third-degree burglary.

The passenger, Tevin Huggins, 26, was also arrested and charged with second-degree obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and third-degree burglary.

Joseph and Huggins were both treated at an area hospital for minor injuries and released. No other injuries were reported. They were arraigned in Long Beach City Court on Nov. 4.

DePalma said the case is still under investigation and that the suspects could face additional charges.