A two-hour two-county chase ended Friday when the driver of a stolen Honda Civic surrendered in Lakewood after a standoff involving a dozen LAPD units and a police dog.
The chase began around 12:45 p.m. when Los Angeles police officers tried to stop the car, which LAPD said had been reported stolen in Downey, near Hill and 25th Street. Radio reports suggested it was an armed car theft.
The man refused to give in and drove south on the Santa Ana (5) Freeway, leading officers on an unpredictable chase that sometimes resulted in the wrong side of the lane on both the freeway and the road.
After about half an hour, the suspect was in the Buena Park area, driving backwards on the shoulder of the freeway, and then came to a halt on Artesia Boulevard, where there was a brief stalemate with officials.
The four-door sedan started moving again and drove on streets where an officer was using a patrol car to temporarily evacuate the suspect vehicle, but it began moving again and drove onto Beach Boulevard while officers followed.
The driver was driving back onto the Santa Ana Freeway towards Los Angeles County, where he got off at Cerritos and stopped his vehicle on Del Amo Boulevard and Winkler Avenue when a pickup truck next to a parked car blocked the two-lane carriageway. The pickup driver got out and ran into a patch of grass, leaving his vehicle as an obstacle.
The driver again got into a brief altercation with the police but managed to bypass the pickup truck and led the police on another chase to Lakewood.
However, the tires on the driver’s side of the stolen vehicle were flat – possibly from a spike strip previously hastily used in the chase – and the car eventually stopped near Bloomfield Avenue and Del Amo Boulevard.
The man rolled down the windows and exchanged words with the officers, but refused to get out of the car. Authorities fired non-fatal shots into the car and smashed a rear window.
A second carjacking pursuit was launched in Orange County during the stalemate. This suspect stole a truck that he left. He then fled through a neighborhood before being arrested by the authorities a few minutes later.