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At 67, L.A. County undersheriff shows he still has what it takes

May 21, 2009 |  3:25 pm

He may not be as fleet of foot as he used to be, but Los Angeles County Undersheriff Larry Waldie can jump into the fray when it counts.

Waldie, 67, was on his way his home May 11 on the 60 Freeway when four suspects in a stolen car sped by, followed closely by an undercover Monterey Park police unit.

The driver of the stolen car lost control at the Nogales Street offramp and crashed. When he fled on foot, a Monterey Park officer motioned to Waldie to pursue two of the other suspects, said sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore.

"Waldie followed them in his car and cornered them," Whitmore said. "He got out of the car, raised his weapon and ordered them to stop, and they did."

The suspects were arrested on suspicion of grand theft auto, evading police and other charges. Today, Monterey Park Police Chief Jones Moy honored Waldie with a plaque and citation for his assistance.

—Andrew Blankstein