Police Pursuit Comes to Smashing End

A high-speed pursuit through downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday ended when the suspect being chased plowed into cars, knocking one over and prompting a dramatic rescue by responding officers.

The man, who was driving a white sedan, sped south from downtown Los Angeles on the Harbor (110) Freeway before exiting and then crashing into at least two vehicles just before 4 p.m. in the area of 76th Street and Van Ness Avenue.

A woman in a sedan that ended up on its side after being struck by the speeding car was freed by officers and was able to walk from the wreckage.

She was taken to a hospital, along with four other people, according to Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The daughter of the woman in that car said she was released from the hospital Wednesday night.

"I didn't know it was as bad as it was," she said.

The suspect, who was not immediately identified, surrendered at the scene.

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According to Los Angeles police Officer Liliana Preciado, officers from the 77th Street Station in South Los Angeles responded to a call of shots fired earlier Wednesday and began following the white sedan around 3:15 p.m.

They attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver fled north todowntown Los Angeles and into a parking structure south of Eighth Street and west of Figueroa Street, Preciado said.

Officers established a perimeter and when one of them saw the suspect driving in his direction, the officer opened fire on the suspect, Preciado said.

The suspect was not hit and the officer was not injured, she said.

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