2 in custody after reported stolen truck involved in wrong-way, hit-and-run crash during pursuit in South L.A.

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Two people were taken into custody after a wild pursuit involving a reported stolen truck that began in Pomona and ended in South L.A. following a wrong-way, hit-and-run crash on the on-ramp of the 110 Freeway Friday morning.

The chase began in Pomona when officers discovered a vehicle that had been reported stolen in the 1000 block of Ninth Street, according to an official with the Pomona Police Department. 

Officers tried to pull it over, but the driver would not stop, which prompted the pursuit, the police official said.

The chase headed west down the 10 Freeway through the San Gabriel Valley before entering the Los Angeles area. California Highway Patrol officers took over the pursuit in the Baldwin Park area, according to Pomona police. 

It was on the southbound 110 Freeway in the South Los Angeles around 10:20 a.m. when Sky5 was first over it.

Within minutes, the pickup truck had exited the freeway and was speeding dangerously on surface streets, the aerial footage showed. The truck could be seen driving erratically, weaving through cars, swerving across traffic lines and driving the wrong way at times through residential and commercial areas. 

Los Angeles Police Department units were following the vehicle, as was at least one air unit. 

The pickup circled the Florence neighborhood of South L.A. for nearly 30 minutes, then jumped back on the 110 Freeway. 

Shortly after 11 a.m., the truck was clipped by another car while trying to cross several lanes of the freeway to get to a nearby off-ramp. That caused the pursuit suspect’s vehicle to spin out, and it began driving northbound on the shoulder of the southbound 110 Freeway. 

The pickup drove the wrong way and eventually collided head-on with another vehicle while trying to get off the freeway via an on-ramp, Sky5 video showed. The crash did not stop the truck, which continued down the ramp.

It was unclear whether anyone was injured in the car that had been struck by the wrong-way vehicle. 

Around 11:30 a.m., while on surface streets agin, the pursuit vehicle appeared to have been boxed in by another truck on a narrow road. Officers then got out of their vehicles with guns drawn and approached the stopped vehicle, according to the aerial footage. 

But the pursuit vehicle was able to ram the other truck out of the way and navigate onto another street; however, smoke appeared to be coming from the back of the vehicle and the rear left tire popped off soon after. 

With three tires left, the vehicle continued slowly driving through a residential area as patrol units followed. 

The pursuit came to an abrupt conclusion just before 11:50 a.m., when the truck suddenly stopped in the middle of the road on 78th Street near Main Street. 

Two people exited the driver’s side and took off running down the tree-lined street. A swarm of officers gave chase on foot and quickly apprehended the two, Sky5 video showed.

One was taken into custody on a sidewalk right outside of a fenced-in yard, where two dogs could be seen excitedly jumping on the fence and barking amid the police activity. 

It was unclear whether the two were immediately arrested and what charges they could potentially face. 

Authorities have not provided any further information about the incident, including the identity of the two in custody. 

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