Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department took five people into custody Wednesday night after a pursuit involving a suspected car thief who was believed to be armed and dangerous.
Sky5 picked up the nearly hourlong pursuit in the eastbound lanes of the 10 Freeway at around 10:30 p.m. Shortly after that, the driver, in what appeared to be a dark colored Honda, exited the freeway and was driving at speeds as high as 60 miles per hour on surface streets.
Aerial footage from Sky5 captured the driver blowing through red lights, making blind turns and narrowly avoiding collisions with other motorists on the road.
At West 18th and Bonnie Brae streets, in the area of Pico-Union, the suspect slowed the vehicle to a stop and two passengers, a male and a female jumped out of the vehicle, before the driver, again, took off. Both passengers were later taken into custody.
At Courtland Street, near Venice Boulevard, the driver slowed again and yet another passenger, a male, got out of the vehicle and quickly surrendered to police. The suspect took off again.
Officers later deployed spike strips that left the vehicle with three tires. Footage from Sky5 showed the vehicle sending sparks and smoke into the air as the vehicle fishtailed in the roadway.
The driver finally came to a stop on South Alvarado Street, near Olympic Boulevard in the Westlake area, and was quickly surrounded by LAPD.
Both the driver and another passenger exited the vehicle, laid down in the roadway and were taken into custody.