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Long, slow-speed chase through streets of SoCal ends in standoff

PIT maneuver used to stop car
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Posted at 10:52 AM, Mar 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-01 15:01:58-05

LOS ANGELES - A carjacking suspect who led authorities on a lengthy slow-speed chase in a small SUV to Redondo Beach Wednesday surrendered to a SWAT team after a nearly two-hour standoff.

The approximately 90-minute chase led to Pacific Coast Highway near Palos Verdes Boulevard, where the small SUV -- which has a Lyft ridehailing service decal on the windshield -- was forced to stop about 9:40 a.m. by officers who used a PIT maneuver that left the vehicle wedged against a curb.

Officers boxed in the SUV with their patrol cars and pointed weapons at the vehicle, and the standoff began. A SWAT team then arrived at the scene and its heavily armored vehicles drove up against the SUV.

The man surrendered about 11:10 a.m. without further incident. His name was not immediately released. According to broadcast reports, a man who identified himself as the driver's brother and said his sibling was mentally unstable was in contact with authorities during the standoff.

The carjacking occurred Wednesday morning in Lynwood, according to the sheriff's department.

The man subsequently led officers on a slow-speed chase over surface streets in the South Gate, south Los Angeles, Inglewood and Hermosa Beach areas.

At one point, officers deployed a spike strip, which flattened at least one of the vehicle's tires. A PIT maneuver was used to get the driver to come to a stop.