Auto Theft Suspect in Custody After 405 Freeway Pursuit in Van Nuys

The pursuit suspect sped through a section of the 405 Freeway that was a bridge demolition zone just hours earlier

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Monday, Oct 1, 2012  |  Updated 8:39 AM PDT
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Signs of Carmageddon II

A stolen Jaguar on the side of the 405 Freeway early Monday.

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A man who abandoned a stolen Jaguar on the 405 Freeway was taken into custody Monday after a pursuit that wound through a section of the road that was closed just hours earlier for the weekend-long Carmageddon II bridge demolition project.

The pursuit ended in Van Nuys when the driver ran from the late-model Jaguar sedan. The search area was south of Roscoe Boulevard near the Budweiser Brewery property.

Another subject was taken into custody near the vehicle, police said. The abandoned vehicle remained on the southbound side of the freeway at 6 a.m.

The pursuit began in Van Nuys and continued south on the 405 Freeway. The driver then exited the southbound freeway and entered the northbound freeway for a return to the San Fernando Valley

The driver climbed fences and ran through a warehouse parking lot before attempting to hide under a big rig trailer, police said. Aerial video showed the man run toward a drainage ditch near railroad tracks before he jumped into a manhole.

A canine unit responded to the location to help with the search in the storm drain, which leads under the railroad tracks. The subject was taken into custody at about 6 a.m.
 

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