License Plate Recognition System Pays Off

Police Chase ends in Crash

By Anthony Saude

Chino-Two men, who were reportedly driving a stolen pickup truck, were spotted by Chino Police Officers near the intersection of Kimball and Cypress avenues late in the morning on Monday, March 19. According to police the vehicle had been reported as stolen from Fontana earlier that morning.

When officers attempted to pull the vehicle over, the driver of the vehicle sped away on El Prado Road and south towards Pine next to El Prado Golf Course in attempt to evade police. After leading the officers on a short high speed chase the driver of the truck lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a chain-link fence and nearly struck a tree.

Neither of the suspects had been identified at the time but it was the license plate recognition system that helped officers identify the vehicle. The system has only recently been activated in the City of Chino. It is a system that alerts police to stolen cars or cars used in other reported crimes. Surrounding cities that have implemented systems like these have seen a significant impact in crime reduction. The system looks  like it might just meet the anticipated benefits that were talked about in August meetings. Real numbers the system may be recording on crime reduction are not available at this early date but it seems to be off to a good start.

The pair of suspects that were in the vehicle could be arrested and booked into West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. ■