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Driver Blocks Freeway, Taunts Motorists Before Pursuit Crash With CHP

The driver turned around on the northbound side of the 5 Freeway and sped toward oncoming California Highway Patrol officers before the crash

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Monday, Feb 24, 2014  |  Updated 5:43 PM PDT
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A driver captures video of another driver blocking traffic Monday Feb. 24, 2014 on the 5 Freeway in Commerce. Credit: @LBCShopper

A driver captures video of another driver blocking traffic Monday Feb. 24, 2014 on the 5 Freeway in Commerce. Credit: @LBCShopper

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Traffic backed up for miles on the northbound 5 Freeway southeast of downtown Los Angeles Monday morning because of a driver who swerved across all lanes of traffic and taunted other motorists before leading California Highway Patrol officers on a brief pursuit that ended with a crash.

Callers reported the driver of a Nissan Altima swerving in and out of lanes and making hand gestures out of the vehicle's window near Rosecrans Avenue. One caller told the CHP the driver shouted, "You're not going anywhere" as he crossed lanes.

Another driver captured the man on video, parked across freeway lanes and yelling at other drivers as traffic came to a stop.

The driver attempted to speed away from responding CHP officers. Aerial video showed the driver turn around on the northbound side of the freeway and speed southbound before pursuing officers intervened.

The driver was taken into custody after an officer rammed the car and pinned it against another patrol vehicle on the northbound side of the freeway in Commerce (map). Aerial video showed the driver being transported on a stretcher to an ambulance.

Details regarding the initial reason for the pursuit were not immediately available.

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