High-speed pursuit from San Diego ends in standoff near LAX; person in custody, but no arrests
The person seen in this photo was taken into custody by authorities in the parking lot of a shopping mall near Los Angeles International Airport
Authorities in Southern California are investigating an incident involving a high-speed chase through Hollywood and the San Gabriel Mountains involving two cars, a helicopter, six vehicles, multiple officers and what appeared to be a hostage situation.
The incident began with a 911 call from the driver of a car that slowed in the parking lot of a shopping mall at around 4:30 a.m. when authorities tried to stop him.
Police say they stopped the vehicle on the side of the road because it was driving erratically and officers believed he was intoxicated – a claim he denies.
But the car slowed down when officers tried to stop it. They then spotted two other cars.
The high-speed chase began when a high-ranking Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer on a helicopter spotted an SUV following the first car through a residential area in the San Gabriel Mountains.
The officer tried to stop the SUV, which also slowed down, and officers on foot went after the SUV.
The SUV then crashed into a parked car at the shopping mall.
Police at the scene of the crash of the SUV, which was followed by police on foot and a helicopter, during a high-speed chase in Los Angeles on Saturday morning
The SUV was able to escape, but the pursuit continued as the officers on foot and on the helicopter continued their pursuit
Officers eventually reached speeds of 80 miles per hour or more.
At one point, the helicopter broke away from the pursuit and headed towards a ridge on the mountain side to try to get higher up the mountain so they could get to more of the pursuit.
Cops on foot, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, and other agencies converged on the