Police Chase

Police Pursuit in Long Beach Area Ends in Crash on Freeway

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A sheriff's pursuit in the Long Beach and Lakewood areas Sunday ended in a crash on the northbound 605 Freeway, after the chase vehicle was bumped by a cruiser, traveled across several lanes and crashed into the center divider.

Newschopper4 Bravo was over the chase shortly after 5 p.m., with the driver zooming through red light and sheriff's vehicles in hot pursuit attempting multiple PIT maneuvers and following closely.

As the pursuit vehicle attempted to get on the 605 Freeway at Spring Street, a Lakewood Station sheriff's cruiser performed a PIT maneuver that sent the SUV out of control across all lanes of the freeway before it crashed into the center divider, facing the wrong way.

Traffic was light, so no other vehicles appeared to be involved in the end of the pursuit.

Three people inside the vehicle appeared to comply and surrender without issue.

It was not immediately clear what led to the pursuit or if any of the people in the pursuit vehicle were injured. City News Service reported that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the pursuit began after the driver was observed operating the SUV on the wrong side of the road and running stop signs and red lights.

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