Man Allegedly Tries to Run Over 2 Sheriff’s Deputies During Wild Chase in Lomita

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A man was in custody Sunday following a wild high-speed chase through a residential area of Lomita in which he nearly struck two sheriff's deputies, authorities said.

A wild chase in which a man nearly hit sheriff's deputies ended with a crash in Lomita on Jan. 18, 2015.  (Credit: Loudlabs)

A wild chase in which a man nearly hit sheriff's deputies ended with a crash in Lomita on Jan. 18, 2015. (Credit: Loudlabs)

The incident began around 2 a.m. when deputies from the Lomita Sheriff's Station responded to the area of 246th Place and Pennsylvania Avenue to investigate a report of a "person screaming," according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

As the first deputy arrived and exited his vehicle, the suspect, identified as Mario Morales, allegedly drove his speeding vehicle toward the deputy, the release stated.

Morales missed the deputy, who jumped out of the way, and rammed into the patrol car three times instead, investigators said.

As the Lomita resident allegedly continued to try and run over the deputy with his car, the deputy fired their gun. Morales was not hit, but the vehicle was struck, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Morales continued driving through the neighborhood, allegedly speeding through several front lawns as he tried to evade law enforcement, the department stated.

A short time later, he allegedly almost hit a second responding deputy at the scene that he was speeding toward, according to the release. She was able to get out of the way in time.

Another deputy shot at the suspect's car, again striking the vehicle only.

About a quarter-mile away, Morales sped over a curb and between two residential homes. He crashed the vehicle through a backyard fence before ultimately colliding with an occupied camper, the department said in the release.

Morales was injured in the crash and taken to an area hospital for medical attention. He faced a number of charges, including assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, according to the release.

No other injuries were reported.

An investigation into the incident was ongoing.