Shirtless Man Taken Into Custody When Pursuit Ends in El Monte

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The freeway pursuit of a minivan ended with a crash, a brief foot chase on surface streets in El Monte and one man being taken into custody Tuesday.


A pursuit ended in El Monte on April 22, 2014, when a motorist crashed into an SUV. (Credit: KTLA)

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies were following close behind the minivan when it crashed into an SUV while trying to make a right turn in the intersection of Garvey and Tyler avenues (map) just before 1 p.m., aerial video from Sky5 showed.

As authorities closed in on the vehicle, a shirtless man got out through the passenger-side door of the minivan and fled on foot.


A man who fled after a pursuit was tackled by multiple sheriff’s deputies on April 22, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The man ran into the parking lot of a nearby Taco Bell restaurant, where he was swarmed by authorities and taken into custody. One officer appeared to punch the man after he lay down on the ground and before several other officers piled on, aerial video showed.

The man was on the ground for several minutes with deputies gathered around. He was then walked, handcuffed, to a waiting patrol car.

An ambulance, two Fire Department vehicles and nearly two dozen patrol cars were on scene, aerial video showed.

It was unclear if anyone else had been inside the minivan, which had run stop signs and red lights before the collision.

The pursuit was prompted by a report of a stolen vehicle, according to Officer Sandoval of the Sheriff’s Department’s Industry Station.

No other information was available by early afternoon, said Sandoval, who would not give his first name.

KTLA’s Ashley Freeman and Melissa Pamer contributed to this article.