A woman stripped down to her bra and undershorts before being taken into custody in South Los Angeles after an hourlong chase came to a bizarre end on a rainy Monday morning.
Authorities were chasing the suspected stolen silver Kia sedan, which was carjacked at gunpoint on Saturday, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Charles Moore.
The victim had been forced out of his car by a man and woman around 6 p.m. in Compton, near the intersection of Cherry Street and Matthisen Avenue, sheriff’s officials said in a news release.
Deputies from the Compton Sheriff’s Station picked up the car near the area of Rosecrans and Wilmington shortly before 10:45 a.m. Monday, according to Moore.
It was not immediately clear if the driver, later identified as 36-year-old Compton resident Valerie Fua, was the person responsible for the carjacking, he said.
When Sky5 first got over the pursuit shortly before 11 a.m., the sedan had its hazard lights on as it sped down wet surface streets in the Lynwood area, aerial video showed.
At times, the car could be seen driving erratically as it went through Carson, Compton and South Los Angeles, speeding down rain-slicked roads, running at least one red light and swerving to narrowly miss hitting a van, Sky5 video showed.
At one point during the chase, the car drove through the parking lot of an apartment complex, where two sheriff’s vehicles appeared to corner it in a gated area. The driver, however, maneuvered the car out of the situation and fled back onto surface streets.
As the rain picked up, deputies appeared to pull back from the silver sedan, Sky5 footage showed.
The pursuit driver entered the 105 Freeway in the Willowbrook area and got onto the northbound 110 Freeway, exiting in downtown L.A.
A short time later, she got back on the 110 and exited at 51 Street in South Los Angeles, with authorities right behind the vehicle as it drove down slick surface streets. By then, the California Highway Patrol had taken over the pursuit.
Around 11:40 a.m., the driver got out of the car on 98th Street near Western Avenue and then — surrounded by sheriff’s vehicles — began stripping off clothing, the aerial video showed. She was down to a pink or light purple bra and baggy black undershorts when she raised both arms in surrender and walked backwards toward law enforcement.
She was placed in handcuffs and taken to an awaiting patrol SUV.
She was subsequently arrested on suspicion of possession of a stolen car and evading a pursuing police officer, and was being held on $75,000 bail, officials said.
No firearm had been recovered, according to the Sheriff’s Department.