A stolen vehicle suspect is in custody after a lengthy chase and standoff in Monterey Park Friday afternoon.
The pursuit began on the 60 freeway and travelled through the 101 and 10 freeways before the driver took to surface streets.
At one point, the driver ran over a spike strip and lost a tire.
The suspect was eventually cornered in a cul-de-sac in Monterey Park, where their attempt to get away destroyed all of the vehicle’s tires.
“At that point, we’re now having to engage the suspect directly, and it definitely does heighten the situation,” said Sgt. Lee Tirona of the California Highway Patrol.
The driver repeatedly tried to take off, and the destroyed tire remnants and rims created a great deal of smoke and sparks from the vehicle.
“Because the vehicle’s windows were tinted, the smoke did create another visual barrier for us. We did have some information that there was one occupant, but again with the windows tinted, we weren’t sure until we were actually able to see into the video,” Tirona said.
The suspect was taken into custody after a standoff with CHP officers.
An ambulance arrived at the scene to administer medical attention to the suspect, who was taken to a local hospital for treatment of cuts caused by broken glass.