This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.
This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.
Video: Crazy Car Chase Ends With Cops Dog-Piling Perp On Slippery Sidewalk
Los Angeles is known for many great things, including our epic car chases, that often call for full throttle live news coverage. Today we were treated to one such chase, and it even merited the attention of TMZ, despite the very "pedestrian" perp who was getting all the attention.
The chase began just after 1 p.m. near Exposition Boulevard and the 110 Freeway, and involved a very desperate man in a stolen van, according to City News Service.
The suspect went south, then north on the freeway before getting on to the city streets in the vicinity of USC.
During the course of the 40-minute chase, the fleeing van driver managed to crash head-on into a Los Angeles Police Department squad car, and eventually over several spike strips. The driver pushed his way through intersections and traffic, sideswiping other vehicles, and even going the wrong way at times.
It was while he was going the wrong way that the unidentified suspect crashed head-on into the cop car, which could qualify the man to be booked for felony assault on a police officer. Undeterred, the man simply backed up and continued on his way.
According to CBS2, authorities say the man struck several police vehicles were struck by the driver.
The van finally came to a stop near Vermont Avenue and 43rd Street about 1:55 p.m., when the driver jumped out of the vehicle in the middle of traffic, zig zagging between lanes on foot. He continued to run down the sidewalk until he landed on a slippery patch of concrete and went down, only to be swarmed by police officers a moment later. (Or, as TMZ so eloquently puts it in their headline: "Moron Tries to Run ... Gets BEAT DOWN Instead."
We wouldn't exactly call this guy bright, either.
Here's video of the end of the chase:
L.A. Car Chase -- Moron BEAT DOWN By Cops After High Speed Chase
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.