Stolen Vehicle Pursuit Ends in Violent Crash

The high-speed pursuit ended in a violent crash on the 14 Freeway in Santa Clarita.

A stolen vehicle pursuit that began in South Los Angeles ended in a violent crash on the 14 Freeway in Santa Clarita, about 60 miles away, Sunday evening.

The pursuit originated in the Los Angeles Police Department's Southwest Division Sunday around 8 p.m.

Officers spotted the vehicle driving at a high rate of speed on the northbound 110 Freeway near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and began chase when the driver failed to yield. 

The stolen Mercedes-Benz was taken from a valet in Studio City just before 7 p.m., police said. The man who owns the car was able to tell police that his gas tank was full and that he kept a .45-caliber Colt handgun in his glove compartment.

The full gas tank allowed the suspect to make his way from the 405 Freeway in Culver City, north through the San Fernando Valley onto the 5 Freeway up the Newhall Pass, where he got on the 14 Freeway and eventually crashed.

Aerial footage showed the driver nearly colliding with several vehicles on various surface streets.

The driver could be seen running several red lights, driving on the wrong side of the road and even driving over a sidewalk at one point. 

The high-speed chase spanned freeways and surface streets, ultimately coming to a violent end when the driver slammed into a divider on the 14 Freeway in the Santa Clarita area. 

The suspect was taken into custody around 9:15 p.m., more than an hour after the pursuit began. 

He was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. No officers or civilians were injured in the crash. 

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