VIDEO: Chase ends in violent crash at Costa Mesa intersection; 3 in custody

SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) --

Three occupants of a suspect stolen car were taken into custody late Thursday evening after a high-speed chase ended with a violent crash at an intersection in Costa Mesa, authorities said.

The pursuit began in the 1500 block of Ross Street in Santa Ana when officers attempted to pull the driver over for a traffic violation, according to the Santa Ana Police Department.

The driver fled and entered the southbound 55 Freeway before transitioning to the southbound 73 Freeway and continuing on into Costa Mesa.

Patrol vehicles temporarily disengaged from the chase when it was deemed too dangerous to continue, while air units continued to monitor the vehicle as it reached speeds of up to 70 mph on surface streets in Newport Beach.

After nearly hitting one vehicle at an intersection, the suspect's car struck a vehicle while making a right turn. The suspect then drove on, at one point turning off the car's headlights while heading back toward Costa Mesa.

The pursuit came to a violent end about 11:45 p.m. when the car slammed into a tanker truck that was making a left turn at the intersection of Paularino Avenue and Bristol Street.

One of the car's three occupants approached two other nearby vehicles on foot and apparently tried to open their driver's-side front doors, to no avail. Officers then took that person into custody, along with the two other suspects.