In Hotel Vandalism Investigation, CHP Pursues Mercedes-Benz From L.A. Toward Bakersfield

CHP officers pursued the driver of a Mercedes-Benz coupe from the West Los Angeles area toward Bakersfield for nearly two hours Wednesday afternoon.

The driver was wanted in connection with an investigation into vandalism of a hotel room in Inglewood, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Siara Lund.

A motorist being chased by CHP leafed through papers or maps while traveling the 5 Freeway on Sept. 28, 2016. (CreditL KTLA)

A motorist being chased by CHP leafed through papers or maps while traveling the 5 Freeway on Sept. 28, 2016. (CreditL KTLA)

“We’re trying to find out who this person is. … We don’t know if there are any firearms in the vehicle,” Lund said. “Hopefully this vehicle will voluntarily stop.”

The vehicle appeared to be a silver two-door Mercedes-Benz coupe, which seemed to be traveling safely and at a moderate speed, aerial video from Sky5 showed.

On the northbound 405 Freeway, the vehicle passed the busy interchange with the 101 Freeway about 3:30 p.m., eventually getting onto the northbound 5 Freeway, passing Santa Clarita and going over the Grapevine.

Aerial video showed the driver pulled over at a gas station off the 5 Freeway north of the split with state Route 99. He walked around with a backpack and then, when CHP officers arrived a few minutes later, lay face-down on the pavement and surrendered.

The pursuit started when Inglewood police provided a license plate for the hotel vandalism case, and the motorist failed to yield to an attempted stop by CHP, according to Lund. It was not clear where the attempted stop occurred or which hotel was allegedly vandalized.

An Inglewood police lieutenant said he could not provide information due to an the ongoing investigation.

KTLA’s Matt Phillips contributed to this article.