Thursday, April 26, 2007

Suspect Leads LAPD on 90 minute Wild Chase

Los Angeles -- A man driving erratically in a stolen car with two flat tires led police on a 90-minute chase this afternoon on surface streets in downtown and south Los Angeles before being taken into custody.
The pursuit began downtown just after 3 p.m. and ended at 4:30 p.m. in south Los Angeles, when an LAPD patrol unit hit the rear of the disabled sedan, sending it into the center divider, and the man got out of the car and surrendered.
The driver had kept going for miles, even though several police vehicles had previously rammed the car, which had two flat tires from spike stripes set down by officers.
The car's bumper dangled behind throughout the chase, making for an odd sight as the driver variously ran red lights, traveled on the wrong side of the road, narrowly avoided collisions and, at one point, drove in circles in an intersection.
Throughout the trip, he also threw items out of the car, including clothing, and drove across one bridge with a door open.

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