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DUI Suspect Huffs on Balloons in Bizarre Standoff with Police

Police rip man from car after shooting him with non-lethal projectile

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    Aerial video shows a man repeatedly filling balloons and then inhaling their contents while police surround the vehicle. This clip was first aired live on NBCLA.com on Feb. 1, 2013. It has been edited for time. (Published Friday, Feb 1, 2013)

    A man wanted on suspicion of drunken driving led police on a slow-speed pursuit, pulled over and started inhaling from balloons in a bizarre standoff that ended with officers smashing his window and pulling him from the vehicle.

    The chase lasted about 10 minutes before the man pulled over on Cantaloupe Avenue just north of Ashworth Street in LA's Panorama City neighborhood.

    The man pulled the car forward and then reversed it multiple times. An officer snuck in front of the vehicle and put down a spike strip, which the driver ran over, entangling it under the sedan.

    At 11:12 a.m., six police officers with guns drawn approached the vehicle. After talking to the man through the passenger-side window, one of the officers fired some sort of projectile into the car.

    Police then swarmed the vehicle. One officer smashed in the driver-side window, opened the door and pulled the man to the ground.

    He was handcuffed and taken into custody.