The driver of a stolen vehicle was taken into custody after a wild chase on multiple Los Angeles freeways and surface streets Thursday afternoon.
LAPD officers were called to assist in the stolen vehicle chase just before 3 p.m. as the driver was in the express lanes of the 110 Freeway. It’s unclear where and when the vehicle was stolen, however.
By 3:35 p.m., the driver was heading north on the highway in the Exposition Park area.
The black Mercedes sedan appeared to have a flag or banner coming from the sunroof, aerial video from Sky5 showed.
The driver was soon heading west on the 10 Freeway, with several LAPD units in tow.
Around 3:53 p.m., the driver exited on Bundy Drive, only to get back onto the eastbound side of the highway.
There, the suspect avoided traffic by heading on the shoulder of the freeway. The driver continued east along the left shoulder, narrowly missing other motorists and the median.
By 4 p.m., the driver had slowed significantly as he hit the beginning of rush hour traffic on the freeway.
The driver eventually exited the 10 Freeway on Crenshaw Boulevard and stopped briefly on the off ramp before continuing on surface streets.
After being stuck in traffic, the driver made a U-turn and began speeding and driving erratically on surface streets.
At one point, the driver even went onto a sidewalk to avoid traffic.
Then, along Crenshaw between Washington and Venice boulevards, the driver of a pickup appeared to try and box the suspect in as police surrounded the two vehicles.
Nearby motorists abandoned their vehicles to avoid being in potential LAPD crossfire as the suspect exited the stolen car through the open driver’s side window.
While he appeared to be stuck in the car trying to get out, LAPD units inched closer to the suspect, guns drawn.
After a struggle, the driver eventually wriggled out of the vehicle, somersaulted and laid on the ground before finally being taken into custody around 4:20 p.m.
“Peaceful but not graceful,” KTLA 5’s Samantha Cortese said after the man was finally out of the car.
The driver was arrested on grand theft auto charges. Three other people were also arrested in connection to the pursuit, LAPD confirmed Thursday night. A gun the driver threw out the window to a person standing on the sidewalk was also recovered.
Their identities were not released and the charges they faced were not immediately known. No further details about the incident were released.