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Pursuit of Minivan Driver Wanted in Carjacking Ends at Taco Bell

The driver ran from the minivan and was taken into custody outside a Taco Bell restaurant

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014  |  Updated 3:57 AM PDT
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A man wanted in connection with a carjacking was taken into custody Tuesday, April 22 2014, after a minivan pursuit on freeways and streets in the San Gabriel Valley.

A man wanted in connection with a carjacking was taken into custody Tuesday, April 22 2014, after a minivan pursuit on freeways and streets in the San Gabriel Valley.

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A man wanted in connection with a carjacking was taken into custody Tuesday after a minivan pursuit on freeways and streets in the San Gabriel Valley.

Law enforcement officers pursued the driver in the El Monte area, reaching speeds of 85 mph on the 10 and 605 freeways before exiting onto surface streets. At least one tire was damaged during the pursuit as the driver continued on a right front wheel.

The driver swerved through traffic at stoplights and narrowly missed pedestrians in a crosswalk. The shirtless man ran from the minivan after crashing into another vehicle at the intersection.

He was arrested just outside at Taco Bell restaurant at Tyler and Garvey avenues.

Details regarding the carjacking were not immediately available.

El Monte is about 15 miles east of downtown Los Angeles
 

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