LAPD Tackles Pursuit Suspect After Chase on Surface Streets in Hawthorne

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A pursuit suspect was tackled after leading officers with the Los Angeles Police Department on a chase in a stolen car from South L.A. to Hawthorne Wednesday night.

Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department tackled a pursuit suspect who tried to get away on foot after a chase from South L.A. to Hawthorne on July 20, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department tackled a pursuit suspect who tried to get away on foot after a chase from South L.A. to Hawthorne on July 20, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

The pursuit began when authorities spotted the stolen vehicle near the intersection of West 52nd Street and South Western Avenue in the Vermont Square neighborhood at about 9:20 p.m., said Officer Liliana Preciado with the Police Department.

The vehicle was reported stolen by the car’s owner, who told KTLA she knew the man who took her car.

She said she thought the man was high when he took her keys and then got into the car with another man and drove away.

The approximately 25-minute pursuit took place on the 405 and 105 freeways before the driver exited at Hawthorne Boulevard and eventually pulled into a Chevron station at the West Rosecrans Avenue intersection and dropped off his passenger.

The driver then sped off but returned to the gas station and exited the vehicle a short time later.

The man remained near the open car door but fell to the ground after he was apparently struck by a taser from one of the officers.

The suspected car thief then tried to get up and run but was tackled by a nearby officer.

Several more officers then held the man to the ground until he was taken into custody and then put into an ambulance.

Video showed the man was conscious and talking to emergency responders inside the ambulance.