Driver in custody after lengthy pursuit in Gateway Cities area

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A driver was taken into custody early Saturday after leading authorities on a lengthy chase around the Gateway Cities area of Los Angeles County Friday night, police told KTLA.

Sky5 arrived above the chase at about 10:10 p.m. as the black sedan was speeding around surface streets in Bell Gardens, soon winding into Bell and Maywood. The driver of the sedan was initially wanted for vandalism, the Bell Police Department reported, but was also seen allegedly tossing a weapon out of the window.

The car was seen weaving through other cars and onto the wrong side of the road, and at times running red lights. 

By 10:30 p.m., the car had made its way through Vernon and was in Huntington Park.

The driver eventually reached the city of L.A., but got onto the freeway and eventually made it back into Bell on the southbound 710 Freeway.

Shortly after 11 p.m. officers stopping chasing the suspect with their lights engaged, though a law enforcement helicopter was still monitoring it from above. One police car was following the car at a distance with no sirens engaged.

The pursuit driver was maneuvering more safely, but continued winding around the Vernon area, after officers were no longer in pursuit.

At some point authorities restarted the chase, which ultimately ended at about 1 a.m. in the area of Atlantic and Florence avenues in Bell, the Bell Police Department reported.

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