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Two arrested in 405 Freeway chase; one hides in storm drain

October 1, 2012 |  7:35 am

Storm drain pursuit
Two people were arrested early Monday after a high-speed chase on the 405 Freeway in a stolen vehicle that eventually stopped as one person hid in a Van Nuys storm drain to avoid police.

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.


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Photo: Suspect arrested following pursuit in Van Nuys. Credit: KTLA-TV.