L.A. cops end standoff after chase without arresting driver

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LOS ANGELES – Police ended a standoff with a driver who had taken refuge in a home after leading them on a freeway chase by leaving without arresting the driver.

Authorities pursued a pickup in Los Angeles. (Photo: KTLA)

The pursuit began at about 7:24 a.m., according to KTLA. Officers tried to stop a grey pickup after the driver’s mother called authorities concerned about his mental state, the station reported.

The driver refused to stop and led police on a chase on the 210 freeway near Pasadena before exiting on surface streets in Glassell Park. Eventually, the truck stopped in front of a home in the 3100 block of Weldon Avenue. The driver got out and went into the residence.

Police arrived at the home, but the man refused to come out. At one point, three people ran out of the house. Police tried to coax the driver outside, without success.

Eventually, officers ended the standoff by leaving the neighborhood without making any arrests. The man was still inside the home but had not committed any crimes during the LAPD’s involvement in the standoff, a police spokesman told KTLA.  The California Highway Patrol would be looking into possible charges regarding the driver’s refusal to pull over for police, the spokesman said.

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