A bizarre, hour-long chase in Los Angeles ended early Wednesday with a suspect in custody and his badly damaged vehicle – with at least three flat tires – on a freeway.
A video posted on social media around 1:30 am local time showed police officers approaching the allegedly “armed and dangerous” suspect as he stood in front of his vehicle. He was quickly surrounded, handcuffed, and taken away.
Just minutes earlier, sparks flew from the left wheel on the driver’s side of the suspect’s vehicle when the rim fell off, and the silver Chevy Malibu was permanently deactivated after hours of driving with at least three damaged tires.
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Throughout the evening, a video released by FOX 11 in Los Angeles and other stations had shown the Malibu with Oklahoma signs driving through town, mostly on Interstate 110, with police vehicles close behind and communication helicopters overhead.
What started as a high-speed chase after 7 p.m. eventually slowed to less than 8 km / h after the suspect’s vehicle was damaged by a spike strip, Los Angeles-based KNBC-TV reported.
The police followed them carefully as the driver was believed to be in possession of a gun, the report said.
The caution in pursuit was consistent with police training, said Joe Buscaino, a Los Angeles city councilor who served as an LA police officer, to the station.
He noted that the chase took place in the country’s second largest city at a time of increasing crime.
“I assume it will get worse before it unfortunately gets better,” said Buscaino.
The chase included sections of Interstate 110 north and south as the driver exited and reentered the freeway, KNBC-TV reported.
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At around 11 p.m. local time, the suspect was seen driving slowly in El Monte, California, with at least four police vehicles close behind. All vehicles were moving slowly, and many vehicles were parked in the street and passengers were watching.
The chase began around 7 p.m. local time following a report from a suspect with a gun, the station reported.
The suspect’s identity and a list of possible criminal charges were not immediately available.
This is a developing story. Check for updates again.