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A man was taken into custody after a pursuit that spanned the 110 Freeway and surface streets in the South Los Angeles area on Tuesday.

Officers who were on patrol originally attempted to pull the beige Nissan Titan over when they noticed it driving in a reckless manner, but the vehicle refused to stop and the officers initiated a pursuit, according to Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Steve Vera.

The driver struck at least two parked cars during the 20-minute pursuit, and at one point nearly missed hitting a pedestrian in a crosswalk, aerial video from Sky5 showed.

The driver was seen weaving through surface streets and on an off the freeway along the 110 Freeway corridor at high speeds with at least two police cruisers in pursuit about a block behind, tracking the suspect in "surveillance mode."

The chase ended after the driver crashed the vehicle into a fence surrounding an apartment building near the intersection of 88th and Figueroa streets, knocking down a utility pole, just before 11 a.m. The truck appeared to have become disabled from the force of the impact and the driver, its sole occupant, surrendered to police.

The man was seen being detained and put into the back of a police car before he was later transferred to an ambulance; he was alert but in a wheelchair, the aerial video showed.

Authorities have not released the man's name, and it was unclear whether he was arrested.

A report handed down by an L.A. County grand jury last week determined pursuits cause unnecessary bystander injuries and deaths and are too often launched in response to relatively minor crimes, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Of the 421 pursuits that took place between October 2015 and October 2016, about 17 percent ended in a collision and 11 percent resulted in injury or death of a suspect, passenger or officer, the report said.

No further details about Tuesday's incident were immediately available.