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Police chase in downtown L.A. shuts 101 Freeway

April 10, 2012 | 11:08 pm

End of freeway chase in downtown L.A.

A high-speed chase that ended in a standoff with law enforcement officers late Tuesday caused authorities to close the 101 Freeway in both directions in downtown Los Angeles.

The California Highway Patrol responded to a call at 9:46 p.m. of a driver brandishing an item out a car window while traveling west on the 10 Freeway near Via Verde. Officers spotted the car and signaled for the driver to pull over. The suspect sped down the highway, reaching speeds of more than 100 mph, KCAL-TV Channel 9 reported.   

Police chased the suspect north on the 101 Freeway. His vehicle collided with another near Alameda Street, and both cars were quickly surrounded by officers. After several minutes, the suspect left the car and was subdued with non-lethal force.

By 10:50 p.m., the southbound side of the 101 Freeway had reopened but the northbound lanes remained closed. A CHP spokesman said authorities were looking for an object thrown out of the suspect's car window.


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Photo: Officers search suspect's vehicle after end of chase and standoff on 101 Freeway in downtown L.A. on Tuesday night. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times