04/11/2012

Pursuit ends in tense Calif. freeway standoff

Officers used beanbag rounds to subdue the driver

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — A man who led officers on a pursuit that ended in a crash and a tense standoff on a busy Los Angeles freeway has been taken into custody.

California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Kimball says officers received a call at about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday about a driver waving an object out a car window. Officers spotted the car on westbound Interstate 10 but the driver refused to pull over.

Kimball says the driver then led officers on a pursuit that ended when the silver Dodge crashed into another vehicle on northbound U.S. Route 101 near Alameda Street in downtown LA. KCAL reported speeds at times reached 100 mph.

Officers used beanbag rounds to subdue the driver when he refused to surrender.

The freeway was closed in both directions during the standoff backing up traffic for miles.

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