Suspect leads police on multi-city pursuit

by Steven Felschundneff |

Claremont police were led on a multiple city pursuit Friday night after a man fled capture in his vehicle after he allegedly attempted to force his way into a home, according to a news release from Lieutenant Jason Walters.

Around 5 p.m. officers responded to a 911 call about a man banging on the front door and attempting to gain entry into a home in the 2200 block of North Forbes Avenue. When police arrived they say the suspect, Ryan Screnar, 37, of Upland was sitting in his vehicle in front of the residence.

Once police determined Screnar’s identity they learned he had an active restraining order barring him from the Forbes Avenue home.

Police attempted to coax Screnar out of his vehicle but he refused, leading to a standoff. At some point police say Screnar attempted to leave by driving his vehicle directly toward officers and ramming multiple police cruisers. Claremont police then pursued Screnar as he fled south on Forbes toward Base Line Road.

“The pursuit entered multiple jurisdictions, including Upland, Ontario, and Pomona. Eventually, the pursuit concluded on Towne Ave. north of Bonita Ave., in the City of Pomona when Screnar’s vehicle became disabled,” according to the news release.

The pursuit lasted about 90 minutes.

A reporter with NBCLA said police tried multiple times to disable Screnar’s car with pit maneuvers during which the officer tries to get the vehicle to spin out.

Video captured from the NBC helicopter shows Screnar’s SUV spinning out on Towne Avenue before coming to rest in the median, at which point police boxed him in to end the pursuit.

According to Walters, tactical officers from the Foothill Special Enforcement Team and Upland Police Department’s SWAT team responded to the scene and attempted to get Screnar out of his vehicle through negotiations. When that failed the tactical team deployed tear gas into the vehicle and Screnar surrendered.

“Los Angeles County Fire was on-scene and transported Screnar to the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center for treatment and evaluation,” Walters said in the news release.

When Screnar is released, police plan to book him on multiple felonies, but did not specify which crimes.



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