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Suspect Identified After South LA Pursuit

The man led police on a half-hour chase before surrendering to police Friday afternoon.

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    A high-speed pursuit through South Los Angeles came to an end in Carson, where the suspected car thief fled before being tracked down with the help a police helicopter. Beverly White reports from Carson for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. (Published Friday, Jan 17, 2014)

    A driver fleeing police Friday collided head-on with another car, bailed out on foot, then failed to scale a fence before throwing himself to the ground and surrendering to police.

    The suspect has been identified as 34-year-old Carl Smith.

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    The pursuit started just before 3 p.m. near Florence Avenue and Flower Street in South Los Angeles, police said.

    The pursuit wound through streets for about 30 minutes. At one point the vehicle nearly hit a truck.

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    The chase transitioned to the Century (105) Freeway, clocking speeds of 100, before going back onto the streets.

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    At another point, the car hopped a curb and cut a corner through grass.

    The car then appeared to have blown a tire -- the right front of the vehicle could be seen smoking -- before rounding a turn and colliding head-on with another vehicle.

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    The driver of that car got out in the nick of time, appearing to avoid injury.

    There were no other injuries reported.

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    Smith was booked into jail on charges of stealing a vehicle and evading officers, an LAPD spokesman said.

    The car involved in the pursuit was reported stolen out of Cypress, said LAPD Lt. Manny Martinez.
     

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