California freeway standoff ends hours later with youngster fleeing tear fuel, driver in custody
After an hour-long break in the middle of a freeway near Los Angeles on Tuesday evening, when police shot pepperballs and tear gas into the suspect’s car, a small figure got out and ran into a police officer just before the driver Taken into custody.
California MPs stopped the escaping suspect Tuesday after a high-speed chase that began after the driver allegedly smashed a police car in a collision in another county. Freeway 60 was closed in both directions during rush hour.
Fox 11 Los Angeles’ live helicopter video showed several police vehicles parked on a multi-lane freeway behind a stopped red car with crash damage.
The stalemate lasted about three hours. Police fired several rounds of pepper balls through the vehicle window, none of which forced anyone to flee. After sunset, tactical units arrived and sent tear gas into the limo. Communication helicopters hovered overhead.
Finally a figure appeared. It looked like a child or a small adult and ran to a waiting police officer. Within moments, members of the SWAT team took the driver, who appeared to be a grown woman, into custody.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department MPs chased a red sedan through Walnut, Ontario and Chino before returning to Diamond Bar, where the driver got into traffic, according to Fox LA.
(Fox 11 Los Angeles)
According to Fox LA, MPs for the Los Angeles County’s Sheriff’s Department chased the car through Walnut, Ontario and Chino before returning to Diamond Bar, where the driver got into traffic.
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Officials spent hours surrounding the car and protecting themselves behind their vehicles with guns drawn while other law enforcement agencies evicted civilians from the area.
After the driver allegedly hit a MP’s vehicle in Walnut, Calif., The driver allegedly fled through several counties before authorities finally caught up, according to local reports. Two people were hospitalized in this crash.
The helicopter video showed the red car hitting several other vehicles during the chase before finally getting into traffic, leaving a silver SUV or station wagon behind.
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The chopper video didn’t show anyone inside, but a message camera on the ground appeared to be showing the movement in front of the car. The police had still not approached the car more than half an hour after it stopped.
According to NBC 4, the police were simultaneously looking for a murder suspect on a stretch of the 101 Freeway and also kept this street closed.