Carjacker Steals DeLorean and Crashes After Pursuit Near Beach: Police

If police chases in Southern California couldn’t get any more strange, imagine this: Officers stopped a carjacker who they said stole a DeLorean, then crashed during a slow-speed pursuit near Santa Monica beach.

It didn't take long for police to spot a stolen DeLorean in Santa Monica on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. (Credit: Suzanne MacDonald / Los Angeles Times)

It didn’t take long for police to spot a stolen DeLorean in Santa Monica on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. (Credit: Suzanne MacDonald / Los Angeles Times)

No, this wasn’t a preview for the next “Back to the Future” flick, and Doc Brown wasn’t the driver behind the wheel. This scene played out Thursday along Ocean Avenue.

The pursuit began about 7:15 a.m. when the owner of the gray DeLorean DMC-12 — a vehicle made famous by the 1985 film — was showing it off to spectators in the 2600 block of Ocean Front Walk, said Sgt. Erika Aklufi of the Santa Monica Police Department.

“They were looking at the car because it’s so interesting,” she said.

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