SoCal Cop Punts Suspect's Head, High-Fives Ensue

By Olsen Ebright
|  Wednesday, May 13, 2009  |  Updated 4:16 PM PDT
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El Monte Police Kick Suspect After Chase

An officer kicks the head of a suspect surrendering to police.

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El Monte Police Kick Suspect After Chase

El Monte Police kick a suspect after a long high-speed pursuit.
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Despite lying on the ground with his arms and legs spread, a suspect got a face full of police boot on Wednesday.

The kicking team added insult to injury (literally) by giving a post-beating high-five.

The brutality was the final chapter of a pursuit that began about 1:30 p.m. at an attempted traffic stop in El Monte. Police tried to stop the motorist for a traffic violation, said California Highway Patrol Officer Jose Nunez.

The motorist opted to keep going, heading onto the eastbound San Bernardino (10) Freeway, then exited in Baldwin Park, Nunez said.

The driver had two passengers in the car, but when the vehicle came to a stop in traffic, one of them jumped out and surrendered to police. The driver, however, sped off again, and unidentified objects were thrown out of the car.

The driver used a sidewalk to avoid traffic before getting back onto the eastbound San Bernardino (10) Freeway, where he was met by two patrol units.

Going about 85 mph, the motorist took the 10 to the southbound San Gabriel River (605) Freeway and exited on Whittier Boulevard, where the car immediately slammed into a sport utility vehicle.

One of the occupants was taken into custody almost immediately and the other ran to the back of a nearby apartment complex and was taken into custody there.

Pickup Driver in Custody After Pursuit in Corona

Earlier in the day, a driver in a red pickup led about 20 California Highway Patrol units on a nearly hour-long chase Wednesday afternoon in Corona.

The fleeing motorist was driving on the shoulder of the eastbound 91 Freeway.

The pursuit began at about 12:30 p.m. in the Diamond Bar area. At 1:10 p.m., the driver stopped the vehicle on the Lincoln Avenue exit ramp, east of the 71 Freeway.

The driver surrendered and was taken into custody at 1:22 p.m.

Authorities said the driver was wanted in connection with an attempted murder. Authorities said the incident occurred earlier Wednesday.

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