Wild, Violent End of LAPD Chase Caught on Video

The subject drove on the wrong side of the road and on sidewalks during the 20-minute pursuit

By Jonathan Lloyd and Lori Preuitt
|  Thursday, Aug 5, 2010  |  Updated 5:09 PM PDT
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Wild, Violent End of LAPD Chase Caught on Video

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There was a very violent and public struggle at the conclusion of a police chase in South LA Thursday.

LA news helicopters caught the end of the chase and showed a sworm of officers running up to the car with their guns drawn.

The suspect could be seen fighting with officers from the back seat of the vehicle.

Officers kicked through the back window shattering the glass as they tried to arrest the man.  Several officers jumped on the back of the car as well as the car's roof during the struggle.

The team of officers eventually got the suspect out of the car onto the ground, where the suspect appeared to continue struggling.

When they carried him from the ground into a nearby squad car, a pool of blood was on the street.

Police initially pursued a motorist on surface streets and a sidewalk -- before the chase ended when the subject crashed into another vehicle near the USC campus.

"The suspect went into the Southwest police station and made a criminal threat, and that is where all this started," said Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Richard French.

The suspect showed up at the station just before 2 p.m., then fled, with officers in pursuit, French said.

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The vehicle struck several other cars, including at least one police cruiser, during the pursuit. And, one police cruiser struck a palm tree.

The subject, often on the wrong side of the road, drove around the area for about 20 minutes.  The group of officers surrounded the car after it crashed near 37th Street and Normandie Avenue.

LAPD did not immediately give details on the man's condition, which clearly included a flesh wound.

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