Driver Detained in Pacoima After Pursuit Through San Fernando Valley

Los Angeles police detained a driver after chasing a black sedan through the San Fernando Valley Monday afternoon.

As Sky5 was initially overhead the chase around 5:45 p.m. in the Sun Valley area, the car was winding its way across surface streets, where one passenger bailed out and took off running. The occupants also appeared to be tossing items from the car.

The pursuit began after a report of a man with a gun, according to L.A. Police Officer Mike Lopez.

The car was moving at a swift pace, sometimes blowing through intersections as the driver sought to maneuver around traffic. At one point when traffic stalled, the officers in pursuit stopped their cruiser and took aim at the vehicle, which simply continued on driving.

The car next got onto Highway 170 in Arleta and headed south before exiting at Oxnard Street in Valley Glen, then went back north on the same highway.

The chase returned to surface streets in Pacoima, with a tire smoking as the sedan cut corners and veered into opposing traffic.

Because of the suspect’s erratic driving, police pulled their ground units from the pursuit for safety, though officials continued monitoring the vehicle from the air.

The car continued circling around surface streets in the Pacoima area for some time, though at a more moderate pace once police vehicles had stopped tailing it.

Once ground units rejoined the chase around 6:15 p.m., the pursuit driver began picking up speed and blowing stoplights again.

Police pulled off again, but at about 6:30 p.m. the driver pulled over on Branford Street at Telfair Avenue, got out of the car and sat on the curb.

Officers soon responded and began taking him into custody. Some officers began searching through the sedan’s trunk, while others handcuffed the man and loaded him into the back of a police car.

No further details were available.

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