A Chevy Malibu driver lead police on a lengthy chase around Los Angeles yesterday, finally surrendering after more than six hours on the run.
According to reports, the chase began around 7 p.m. local time, with the Los Angeles Police Department pursuing a Chevy Malibu in South L.A. The driver was suspected of being in possession of a weapon, per LAPD spokesperson Rosario Cervantes. As such, police officers pursued the suspect with caution.
A suspect is leading authorities on a lengthy chase across South Los Angeles Tuesday night. https://t.co/IEno7MC2kl
— FOX 11 Los Angeles (@FOXLA) February 3, 2021
It’s unclear why officers first initiated the stop. However, the suspect promptly fled in his silver Chevy Malibu sedan.
The driver moved through residential neighborhoods and adjacent cities, flying through red lights and intersections as a line of police vehicles followed close behind. At 7:45, the suspect drove onto Highway 110, heading south and driving very slowly. Some reports indicate the Chevy Malibu was traveling at no more than 10 mph at times, with the emergency lights flashing along the way.
As the chase continued, some bystanders congregated on nearby overpasses to watch.
By 9 p.m., the Chevy Malibu entered downtown L.A., merging onto Highway 101. Shortly thereafter, police officers deployed a spike strip that deflated at least three of the tires on the silver Chevy Malibu.
— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) February 3, 2021
By 11 p.m., the suspect had entered the El Monte area, traveling eastbound on the 10 Freeway.
The chase ended around 1:30 a.m. on the 10 Freeway in Ontario. The tires on the Chevy Malibu, deflated earlier by the spike strip, had completely failed, even falling away from the rims. One of the front wheels had fallen off during the pursuit, sending a show of sparks trailing behind the vehicle.
It was at this time that the suspect exited the vehicle. With his hands outstretched, police officers approached the suspect and handcuffed him. The suspect was not immediately identified.
— AlexVnews (@alexvnews) February 3, 2021