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Calif. Cops Nab Murder Suspect

January 1, 1998

METTLER, Calif. (AP) _ A man sought in a fatal shooting at a Los Angeles bakery led police on a 2 1/2-hour freeway chase Wednesday before surrendering when his car suddenly began belching smoke.

The driver, Jose Zepeda, 25, allegedly waved a gun at motorists in his path as he sped along Harbor Freeway and Interstate 5 at speeds averaging 60 mph.

At one point, the vehicle struck a white van along the highway but no one was injured, police said.

Zepeda was first spotted fleeing Pineda’s Bakery where police discovered a man shot to death. Zepeda’s wife works at the bakery and the shooting was apparently the result of a domestic dispute, said Officer David Martinez.

Los Angeles police in six squad cars, with their doors open and weapons trained on the vehicle, crept behind Zapeda’s car for miles as it headed into the San Joaquin Valley.

Zapeda surrendered after his late-model Oldsmobile appeared to lose power.

The chase was broadcast live on five Los Angeles TV stations.

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