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Driver in high-speed chase fires gun before arrest, LAPD says

January 30, 2012 |  9:58 pm

CHP and LAPD officers were searching for suspects after a vehicle chase across L.A.-area freeways.

A driver suspected of leading officers on a high-speed chase was arrested Monday night after he fired at least one gunshot round as he was being uncovered by a search dog after the chase, police said.

The man was taken into custody after he and a female passenger bailed from a suspected stolen vehicle at the end of a lengthy pursuit near Griffith and East 28th streets, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

An LAPD search dog had found the suspect, who fired his weapon as the dog neared, Officer Karen Rayner said. The passenger had not been found.

Officers from the LAPD and California Highway Patrol saturated an area near Griffith Street and East Adams Boulevard after the pursuit, which took place across several freeways as the vehicle hit speeds over 100 mph, officials said.

Officers from the CHP, which said the car had been stolen, tried to pull it over about 6:15 p.m. on the westbound 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar.  But the vehicle escaped north on the 57 Freeway before going on the 210 Freeway, officials said.

The car hit the southbound 605 Freeway to the 10 Freeway and drove west along the 101 Freeway before exiting near downtown Los Angeles and making its way south.


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Photo: Vehicle involved in officer pursuit. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5