Assault Suspect in Custody Following Pursuit in South L.A.

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A man wanted in connection with an assault with a deadly weapon was taken into custody after surrendering to police following an hourlong chase in South Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon.

The suspect was a parolee at large and had been sought in connection with a carjacking that occurred a while ago, Los Angeles Police Department Tony Im told KTLA.

It was not immediately clear when and where the chase began, but around 2 p.m., the suspect -- who was driving a white pickup truck -- could be seen circling through a residential area in the Florence neighborhood, Sky5 aerial video showed.

At least four patrol vehicles were traveling a short distance behind the suspect vehicle, according to the footage.

The truck at various points managed to avoid at least one spike strip and eluded two PIT maneuvers.

LAPD officers deployed another set of spike strips around 2:15 p.m., and the pickup truck ran over them, Sky5 video showed.

Police units continued to follow the vehicle as the tires appeared to begin deflating, but at a greater distance than before.

But the pickup continued on, driving at slower speeds through South L.A. neighborhoods, including the Green Meadows and Florence-Firestone areas.

The chase attracted a crowd of onlookers who gathered on sidewalks to watch; some waved as the vehicle slowly passed, while others appeared to be recording with their cellphone cameras, the aerial video showed.

The driver looked like he was drinking beer during the pursuit, one witness told KTLA.

Toward the end of the chase, the driver stopped his vehicle twice, including once where he opened his door.

But both times he drove off, even as LAPD units also stopped, their doors opening as they prepared for a possible end to the hourlong chase.

The driver eventually stopped the truck, got out of the vehicle and surrendered to police as a throng of people gathered to watch, some even rushing into the street to get a better view.

With guns pointed at the man, officers approached and placed him in handcuffs, according to Sky5 video. He was then escorted to an awaiting patrol SUV.

KTLA's Jennifer Thang contributed to this story.

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