Suspects in Chase Drive Right to LAPD Headquarters

By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2015 1:55 PM CST

It hasn't been a good week for drivers in LA leading police on high-speed chases. Early yesterday evening, one suspect led cops on a 100mph pursuit through the streets of Hollywood before unsuccessfully trying to escape on foot, the Los Angeles Times reports. Then three other suspects apparently wanted to get in the game, speeding along in a green Honda Civic that had been reported stolen and outmaneuvering cop cars and a police helicopter until they ended up in probably the last place they wanted: right in front of LAPD headquarters on First Street in downtown LA.

That's where it all fell apart for the racing rebels. Police pulled a PIT move—that awesome tactic often witnessed on cop TV shows where the squad car drives parallel to the "target" car until it can bang into it and force it to skid out, as per Wise Geek—and the car came to a halt. A male suspect in his 20s was booked on car theft and felony evasion charges, and two female passengers were brought into custody after the 22-minute chase, though it's not clear if they'll face charges as well, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. "It's almost comical that it happened to end right in front of our office," an LAPD officer tells the Times. "I can see it from our window." (More weird crimes stories.)

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