A domestic violence suspect led police on a chase across Los Angeles County Tuesday night that ended in a crash and standoff.
The pursuit originated in West Covina then snaked its way through areas of South Los Angeles on freeways and surface streets.
West Covina police confirmed that the driver of the vehicle was wanted in connection to a domestic violence incident, including domestic rape.
The vehicle reached speeds of more than 100 mph as the driver continued to evade police for more than an hour.
The California Highway Patrol did not immediately engage the pursuit as West Covina police continued their chase.
The driver eventually led law enforcement back to West Covina where police officers engaged with PIT maneuvers to stop the vehicle. At one point, the vehicle slid over a center divider and crashed into a pole.
On two occasions the vehicle appeared to be stopped, but then took off as police got into position to bring the driver into custody.
The vehicle ultimately stopped after a police cruiser successfully pushed the fleeing vehicle into a parked car near the intersection of Broadmoor and Workman avenues.
Around 11:10 p.m., despite being surrounded by vehicles on all sides, the driver again attempted to take off, sending smoke and sparks into the air as the tires spun ineffectively.
Police surrounded the vehicle and a SWAT team was called into the scene, but the driver still refused to surrender and claimed he had a gun, police said.
By midnight, the driver remained in the vehicle and police had not yet breached the vehicle in an attempt to take them into custody.
The driver was eventually taken into custody around 2:25 a.m. after a standoff. Officers were assisted by the use of a K9 unit and “chemical agents,” police said.
He was identified as 45-year-old West Covina resident Raul Sanchez and was booked on suspicion of felony domestic battery, forced oral copulation, felony evading and resisting arrest. His bail was set at $100,000.
“The suspect did not possess a gun on his person when he was taken into custody,” police said, adding that his vehicle will be searched for a weapon “in the near future.”