Carjacking Suspect in Custody After Pursuit Ends in Violent Crash in Van Nuys Area

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A suspected carjacker was taken into custody after a pursuit ended in a crash in the Van Nuys area Wednesday afternoon, according to LAPD.

Police initiated the chase in the 7900 block of Woodman Avenue in Panorama City after a report of a carjacking,  Los Angeles Police Department Officer Tony Im said.

The pursuit came to an end when the suspect's vehicle collided with another car. (Credit: KTLA)

Shortly before 3 p.m., the pursuit vehicle could be seen driving erratically through traffic, hitting one car and narrowly missing several others as it traveled at a high rate of speed on surface streets, aerial video from Sky5 showed.

At times, the black car could be seen driving on the wrong side of the road and in the center divider; it also appeared to run several run lights, according to the footage.

The chase ended near Hayvenhurst  Avenue and Vanowen Street about 3:05 p.m. when the car tried to speed through a red light and was T-boned by an oncoming car in the intersection.

A driver was taken into custody following a short pursuit in the San Fernando Valley on July 19, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

The driver then got out of the car and tried to flee, but was apprehended about a block away following a brief foot pursuit. It was unclear whether the individual who chased him down was a police officer or a civilian.

He was placed in handcuffs before being taken to an awaiting patrol car, aerial video showed.

It was unknown if anyone was injured, but a Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance responded to the location.

A short time later, officers could be seen searching the pursuit vehicle.

KTLA's Matt Phillips contributed to this story.

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