A reckless driving suspect who led authorities on a pursuit in Malibu was removed from his vehicle by police after a standoff that closed a section of Pacific Coast Highway on Tuesday afternoon.
The chase started about 1:55 p.m. at Ventura Boulevard and DeSoto Avenue in Woodland Hills, LAPD said. The driver allegedly hit several cars along Ventura Boulevard and ran a red light.
Before the driver turned onto PCH from Topanga Canyon Boulevard, a brush fire had ignited along Topanga Canyon, but it is unclear if the blaze was related to the chase.
The fire prompted a ground and aerial attack and was last reported at 10 acres, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.
The blaze was reported as the city of Malibu advised residents to prepare for extremely hazardous fire conditions through Wednesday and possible power outages in parts of western Malibu.
At one point, the driver stopped along PCH, while several Los Angeles Police Department units were in tow, aerial video from Sky5 showed. The driver then continued driving.
Shortly before 2:30 p.m., the driver stopped again along PCH and Carbon Canyon Road, and at least six LAPD units were waiting behind, aerial video showed.
The major coastal thoroughfare was blocked from Sweetwater Mesa to Carbon Canyon after the driver stopped.
About 3:10 p.m., officers went up to the driver’s side of the vehicle with their guns drawn and forcibly removed the shirtless man from the truck, aerial video showed. He was taken into custody without any further incident.