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Westside police chase ends at Santa Monica Pier after suspect wades into ocean

A man was arrested early Sunday on suspicion of felony evasion and driving a stolen vehicle after leading police on a vehicle pursuit that ended at the Santa Monica Pier where he waded into the water, authorities said.

Los Angeles police officers with the West L.A. Division responded to reports of a man in a sport-utility vehicle driving erratically in their area about 11:30 p.m., Sgt. Ryan Rabbett said. After discovering the vehicle was stolen, officers followed the suspect as he drove toward Beverly Hills where he made a 911 call that was automatically routed to that station.

"Several times he looped through our city," Beverly Hills Police Sgt. Brian Weir said. "He hit numerous streets then went up to Sunset and headed out to Santa Monica."

The man ended up at the Santa Monica Pier after a pursuit that lasted about an hour and a half, Weir said. There he walked out on the jetty, jumped down into the sand and went into the ocean, Rabbett said.

"He was eventually talked out of the water and taken into custody without incident," Rabbett said. "He was taken to a hospital as a precautionary."

The man, whose name and age were not given, is being held at Van Nuys jail.

-- Corina Knoll

Comments () | Archives (14)

Too bad the sharks weren't feeding...

hahahaha, dude, youre supposed to drive south to north then back again, not go west....

Did he confuse himself with Nemo?

He should of carried fins for a get away.

Guess that is what is known as a crime wave

Can't go south any more now that the border is closed.

What a dolt!!! I guess he didn't understand English.... Dead End...lol!

another idiot trying to out-run the cops.

the should have told the police "si se puede". They would have let him go and put him on social services.

Yes I guess that was the guy with 10 police cars behind it in Santa Monica yesterday that went up and down with lots of noise after midnight. There was also a helicopter with a light shining down going round in circles.

What a spectacle. Meanwhile I guess all the police and police cars had been used up on this one incident.

He was thinking True Crime Streets Of LA

Caught "wet handed".

The byline says 11:32 am. You mention Sunday in the 1st graph then say he was arrested at 11:30 pm. 11:30 when? Can you give us the times and days next time, Einstein? Don't they teach you to be extra-clear at day 1 in j-school? Are these just bloggers who are writing these thing now? No wonder revenue is down.

He should have fled towards Arizona... Police won't do business with Arizonians!


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