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High-speed chase starts in Long Beach, ends in L.A.

November 2, 2010 |  1:29 pm

Two women in a stolen sport utility vehicle led police on a wild chase through the streets of Southeast Los Angeles, clipping at least six cars, driving on the wrong side of the road and narrowly missing pedestrians.

The chase began shortly after 10 a.m. at Morningside Street and Long Beach Boulevard in northern Long Beach after an officer identified the SUV as stolen, said Nancy Pratt, a spokeswoman for the Long Beach Police Department.

When the female driver refused to stop, the chase began, going from the 710 Freeway to the 91 Freeway and the 110 Freeway before the LAPD took over the pursuit.

The chase went through South Gate, Lynwood, Compton, Long Beach and Lakewood.

At one point on Del Amo Boulevard in Bixby Knolls, the SUV's front bumper fell off. The chase ended about 10:50 a.m. when the SUV spun around and came to a stop at an intersection in Lakewood.

The driver and passenger surrendered and were arrested. Their identities were not immediately available.

Police believe the SUV was stolen in Long Beach. The LAPD, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, Long Beach police and the California Highway Patrol took part in the chase, officials said.

-- Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton

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