Written by City News Service - A teenage boy in a stolen car led officers through Inglewood and other South Bay cities today in a meandering two-hour pursuit during which he crashed into a police cruiser, then drove over some spike strips and was
arrested, police said.
The pursuit started at Manchester and La Cienega Boulevards in Inglewood
at 11:06 p.m., when officers attempted to stop a gold Toyota Camry stolen in
Inglewood and the driver refused to pull over, said Inglewood police Sgt. Brian
Over the next two hours, officers followed the Camry along thoroughfares
and side streets in Inglewood, Los Angeles, Hawthorne and unincorporated
areas, with the chase at times going in circles.
``Several times the suspect drove head-on toward police officers,
forcing them to veer away from him,'' Hand said.
At one gas station, when police tried to deploy spike strips, the
suspect drove around the strips, crashing into a police car and ripping off its
``We didn't force the issue,'' Hand said. ``We tried to do it the safest
Officers waited until a pattern emerged in the suspect's course, then
laid down spike strips again at Century Boulevard and Inglewood Avenue at about
1 a.m., Hand said, adding that the car came to a stop at Arbor Vitae and Oak
Streets in Inglewood and the boy gave up without incident.
The suspect was arrested on suspicion of car theft, assault with a
deadly weapon on a police officer for running into the patrol car, and felony
evading, Hand said. His name was not released because of his age.
The suspect flashed gang hand signs out of the driver's side window
during the pursuit. ``The gang signs were consistent with his being a gang
member,'' Hand said. LOUDLABS NEWS