A speeding motorcyclist on what was initially reported as a stolen bike led authorities on a chase from the San Fernando Valley through downtown Los Angeles before getting taken into custody onto surface streets in East LA on Wednesday afternoon, police said.
The motorcyclist, who was wearing a flapping tan coat, was wanted for reckless driving, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
After riding at high speeds, cutting between cars and across lanes, the motorcyclist left the 60 Freeway and drove into East LA.
At about 5:20 p.m., the motorcyclist appeared to abandon his vehicle and run into a home on the 3800 block on Percy Street, and another man appeared to pick up the bike, aerial video showed.
Officers were gathered nearby at an Autozone in the area of Indiana Street and Whittier Boulevard, on the edge of Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles.
A suspect was in custody, according to Sgt. Albert Gonzalez of the LAPD’s Media Relations Section, who said CHP had determined the motorcycle was stolen.
Later Wednesday, Sgt. Robert Rowedder with LAPD’s Topanga Station, where the motorcyclist was being held, said that the motorcycle belonged to the man’s brother.
The pursuit began at 4:30 p.m. in the area of Roscoe Boulevard and DeSoto Avenue in Canoga Park, LAPD officials said.
California Highway Patrol officers took over the pursuit and closely followed the motorcyclist on the eastbound 101 Freeway to the transition onto the eastbound 60 Freeway, aerial video showed.
Los Angeles police responded alongside CHP once the pursuit hit surface streets.