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Man Loses Leg After Stealing and Crashing Police Car

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A man in South Los Angeles stole a police car early this morning when it was stopped during a robbery investigation, took it for a joy ride, then crashed it into a Starbucks, a light pole and a parked car. The driver lost a leg in the accident.

City News Service reports that the incident happened just before 4:00 a.m. near the intersection of La Brea and San Vicente. The driver, a 25-year-old man whose name hasn't been released, was the only person injured. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition following the crash.

He wasn't being pursued by police at the time of the crash.