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Dramatic Pursuit Ends With Two Arrests, Crowds of Spectators in South LA

Sparks flew Tuesday night as a car being driven on a bare rim made its way through South Los Angeles during a dramatic police pursuit.

Preliminary information indicated the 90-minute chase began in the Lakewood area when a female, suspected of driving a stolen car, refused to pull over for authorities.

The pursuit made its way down the 105 Freeway, then the 110 Freeway before exiting in South LA.

The driver, with her hazard lights flashing, blew through red lights, drove in opposite lanes and came dangerously close to pedestrians as California Highway Patrol officers gave chase.

At one point, the car, which had a blown tire from a police spike strip, drove through a fast-food restaurant's parking lot as a line of police cruisers followed.

Officers were unsuccessful in several PIT maneuver attempts.

The car suddenly stopped just before 8 p.m. in the area of 84th Street and Main Avenue. A male passenger jumped out and ran through backyards before being tackled by officers and taken into custody.

The driver was taken into custody next to the vehicle.

More than 50 police officers formed skirmish lines at the scene of the investigation to break up large crowds of spectators.

The man appeared to be unconscious as he was loaded into the back of an ambulance. Police said he had complained of chest pain or convulsions, and may have suffered from a diabetic episode.

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