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LAPD pursuit ends in two crashes in Inglewood

July 12, 2012 |  9:10 am

A Thursday morning police pursuit ended in Inglewood after a suspected car thief's vehicle slammed into a pickup and minivan, sending two people to the hospital with minor injuries.

The chase began when Los Angeles police officers spotted a reported stolen vehicle about 7:20 a.m. near Imperial Highway and South Central Boulevard, police spokesman Richard French said. It ended less than an hour later after the suspected car thief led police on a high-speed chase along the 105 Freeway before turning onto Crenshaw Boulevard.

Television footage showed the vehicle hit the back of the pickup, sending it spinning before it flipped over. The vehicle then crossed into oncoming traffic and hit the van head-on.

The suspected car thief, whose name has not been released, was taken into custody at the scene of the crashes, French said.

One person in one of the vehicles suffered cuts and another complained of chest pains, French said. Both were taken to a local hospital.

The suspected car thief did not appear to suffer any injuries.

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