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Parolee arrested after car chase from Gardena to Culver City

June 14, 2011 |  2:10 pm

A parolee led officers on a chase Tuesday from Gardena to Culver City that ended when he crashed into a patrol car, authorities said.

The chase began in Compton, where a parole officer located a parolee at large and called L.A. County  sheriff’s deputies for assistance in detaining him, said Gardena Police Department Lt. Steve Prendergast.

The parolee allegedly tried to run deputies down with a sport utility vehicle and then fled.

Gardena officers found the vehicle and pursued it in a “very high-speed” chase that through residential neighborhoods, Prendergast said.

Officers chased the suspect through Gardena, Hawthorne and Inglewood into Culver City, where the pursuit ended when the suspect crashed into a patrol car near the intersection of Slauson and Hannum avenues.

The was hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries. Prendergast said one officer also suffered minor injuries in the crash.

The suspect was on parole on burglary and weapons charges. He now faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, felony evading and on an outstanding warrant for weapons charges, Prendergast said.


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