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A CHP freeway pursuit for the record books -- caught on tape

July 6, 2010 |  7:47 am

Suspect Is Pinned Against Center Divider

Freeway pursuits are a dime a dozen in Southern California.

But the one that occurred Monday night ended in dramatic fashion -- and is likely to be studied by law enforcement agencies in the future.

California Highway Patrol officers were chasing a carjacking suspect north on the 15 Freeway in Devore. The suspect was driving slowly because one of his tires had worn off. CHP cruisers tried several times to perform a tactical maneuver in which they hit the back of the suspect's car in hopes of spinning it around.

At first, the maneuver didn't work -- probably because the car was going too slowly. But eventually, police managed to turn the suspect's car around. But he continued to drive -- going southbound on the northbound 15. Several additional attempts to turn the car around failed. Finally, one CHP cruiser managed to slam the car into the center divider.

But the suspect got out, darted through traffic on the southbound 15 and ran down a hill in the Cajon Pass near Devore. He was eventually captured. Both sides of the 15 were closed.

The suspect's name was not immediately released.

-- Shelby Grad

Watch the raw video from KTLA: