Man in Custody After Allegedly Stealing LAPD SUV in Hollywood

A man who may have been under the influence of drugs stole a Los Angeles Police Department vehicle early Friday morning and led officers on a chase from Hollywood to Woodland Hills, authorities said.

Officers had exited their vehicle to chase a vandalism suspect on foot near Hollywood Boulevard and Ivar Avenue around 1:45 a.m. when the suspect commandeered the police SUV, said Det. Meghan Aguilar, an LAPD spokeswoman.

Police quickly located the vehicle, and officers with the LAPD and the California Highway Patrol began chasing the man along the northbound 101 Freeway, Aguilar said. The stolen cruiser was disabled by a spike strip, forcing the suspect to pull over and surrender near the intersection of Ventura Boulevard and De Soto Avenue around 2:15 a.m., she said.

The suspect refused to give his name, according to Aguilar, who described him as an adult male in his 20s.

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