Two arrested in 405 Freeway chase; one hides in storm drain
Initial reports indicated only one person was taken into custody, but police said two people were arrested by about 6 a.m.
The pursuit began about two hours earlier in the San Fernando Valley when officers came across a stolen white Jaguar, Los Angeles police said.
The suspects led police on area surface streets before speeding down the 405 Freeway — reopened just hours earlier after the weekend Carmageddon II closure — to West Los Angeles, Sgt. Steve Gottschalk said. At one point, KTLA reported, the suspects' car hit speeds of 120 mph.
The car returned to the 405 Freeway and shortly before 5 a.m. stopped along the freeway in Van Nuys, television footage showed. The passenger bailed out of the car and ran into a storm tunnel in the 8100 block of Haskell Avenue.
The driver stayed at the vehicle and was quickly taken into custody, police said.
Officers surrounded the culvert and a K-9 unit was brought to the scene. The man was taken into custody about 6 a.m. as the police dog "was preparing to extricate" the suspect, Gottschalk said.
"The dog barked and he decided to come out," he said.
The suspects' names were not immediately available.
— Kate Mather
Photo: Suspect arrested following pursuit in Van Nuys. Credit: KTLA-TV.