LOS ANGELES — A man beat his passenger, crashed through a fence, drove on sidewalks and sped the wrong way as he tried to avoid officers in Los Angeles and Orange County Wednesday, finally getting arrested after running into a crowded store.
The man’s passenger was transferred to an ambulance and rushed to the hospital with unknown injuries after the more than three-hour chase.
Police said officers first tried to pull the man over after receiving calls about a driver beating a woman in his car in South LA, KTLA reports. Helicopter video appeared to show the man shouting at the woman and hitting her.
Officers chased the driver through the Huntington Park and South Gate neighborhoods of Los Angeles around 5:30 p.m.
At one point the man came to a stop at a construction site, but when officers pulled up behind the car, he sped off again. The man drove on sidewalks, crashed through a construction fence and sped across a grass field at a park before making his way back onto side streets.
The chase eventually made its way into Orange County. The driver sped on the wrong side of the road at times as he led officers through the Buena Park and Westminster areas.
CHP took over the chase when the driver got back on the freeway around 7 p.m., and the driver returned to South LA more than two hours after it all started. Around 7:30 p.m., the passenger could be seen fighting the man for control of the wheel, but he pushed her away and continued driving.
After a prolonged chase on South LA side streets, the driver got on State Route 60 and headed east, eventually exiting in the Rowland Heights area.
The man pulled into a shopping center and rushed into a crowded 99 Cents Only Store. Customers were streaming out of the store, running away as officers streamed in. A short time later, authorities walked calmly out of the store with a man in handcuffs.
Officials then crowded around the car, where the woman remained seated even after the driver’s arrest. She could be seen moving slightly as paramedics arrived with a stretcher and transfered her to an ambulance.