Pursuit Ends in West LA as CHP Performs PIT Maneuver

Vehicle spins to a stop near intersection of Sawtelle Boulevard and Tennessee Avenue


A police pursuit that started in the San Fernando Valley lasted about 30 minutes Wednesday before the California Highway Patrol was able to spin an SUV to a stop and take the driver into custody.

Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department Van Nuys Division began pursuing an allegedly stolen 1993 blue Nissan Pathfinder at 10:11 a.m. near the intersection of Van Nuys and Magnolia boulevards, according to police.

Police were initially able to locate the SUV because it was equipped with LoJack, a stolen vehicle locating service, police said.

The majority of the pursuit -- which reached estimated speeds of 85 mph -- was limited to freeways. The driver took the 405 Freeway northbound to the westbound 118, exited at Tampa Avenue and then returned to the freeway eastbound.

By 10:30 a.m., the vehicle was traveling southbound on the 405 Freeway near Sherman Way.

Shortly before 10:40 a.m., aerial video showed the driver throwing something out of the SUV.

At 10:43 a.m., the driver took the Olympic/Pico exit. At the end of the off-ramp at the intersection of Sawtelle Boulevard and Tennessee Avenue, a CHP officer performed a PIT maneuver, spinning the SUV around.

The driver was ordered out of the car and taken into custody.

Police said they expected to book the driver on felony evading.

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