LAPD Chases 'Erratic' Armed Driver On The 405
A car chase involving the LAPD and an attempted murder suspect took over part of the 405 and streets of the San Fernando Valley overnight, and streamed live on Facebook for around 90 minutes.
The CBS Los Angeles Facebook stream was viewed by nearly 200,000 people during the chase, which started around 11 p.m. Police believed the driver of the car to be Marcos Tulio Flores, who is wanted in connection with the shooting his sister-in-law in Van Nuys on Sunday. (She was hospitalized and is currently in critical condition.) According to KTLA, "he is a documented gang member and police said he was armed and dangerous."
The strange chase saw the suspect—described as "erratic" in the video—going very slow at times, and very fast at others (up to over 100 MPH). The Facebook stream showed him throwing items out the car window, smoking, and possibly shooting a gun throughout the ordeal.
The L.A. Times reports that the chase ended when police cruisers pinned the suspect's sedan—"Once his car was hemmed in, the driver got out and a police K-9 pounced on him." He was then arrested, and remains in custody.
The 405 in Sepulveda Pass has now reopened, but drivers are still experiencing delays early on Tuesday morning.