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Westside police chase ends at Santa Monica Pier after suspect wades into ocean

May 2, 2010 | 11:32 am

A man was arrested early Sunday on suspicion of felony evasion and driving a stolen vehicle after leading police on a vehicle pursuit that ended at the Santa Monica Pier where he waded into the water, authorities said.

Los Angeles police officers with the West L.A. Division responded to reports of a man in a sport-utility vehicle driving erratically in their area about 11:30 p.m., Sgt. Ryan Rabbett said. After discovering the vehicle was stolen, officers followed the suspect as he drove toward Beverly Hills where he made a 911 call that was automatically routed to that station.

"Several times he looped through our city," Beverly Hills Police Sgt. Brian Weir said. "He hit numerous streets then went up to Sunset and headed out to Santa Monica."

The man ended up at the Santa Monica Pier after a pursuit that lasted about an hour and a half, Weir said. There he walked out on the jetty, jumped down into the sand and went into the ocean, Rabbett said.

"He was eventually talked out of the water and taken into custody without incident," Rabbett said. "He was taken to a hospital as a precautionary."

The man, whose name and age were not given, is being held at Van Nuys jail.

-- Corina Knoll