Stolen van leads Los Angeles police on chase
Driver arrested after crashing, trying to flee
Last Updated: 226 days ago
LOS ANGELES - The driver of a stolen van crashed head-on into one of about dozen Los Angeles police cars involved in a roughly 40-minute chase that finally came to an end when police flattened at least two tires with a spike strip.
The chase began about 1:15 p.m. near Exposition Boulevard and the Harbor (110) Freeway, with the driver eventually south to about Slauson Avenue, exiting then getting back on the freeway going north.
Back on surface streets near USC, the driver drove through intersections without slowing and sideswiped or pushed other vehicles out his way at times, according to images carried on live television.
At 57th Street and Towne Avenue, the suspect swung around a corner and onto the wrong side of the road, where the van struck an LAPD cruiser head-on. The driver backed up and kept going. That could qualify the suspect to be booked for felony assault on a police officer.
The van also was involved in at least two other minor accidents.
Police on foot eventually slid a spike strip in front of the van, flattening at least two tires and slowing the chase.
The van finally came to a stop near Vermont Avenue and 43rd Street about 1:55 p.m., with the driver getting out and running across traffic, then back across the road before slipping and falling on a wet stretch of sidewalk.
The van was believed to have been stolen in the USC area.
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