A man suspected of reckless driving and possible DUI led deputies from the Sheriff’s Transit Service Bureau on a pursuit that lasted 15 to 20 minutes and circled South Los Angeles at speeds up to 60 mph, police said.
The pursuit began about 10:15 p.m. Sunday at Imperial Highway and Broadway, sheriff’s Lt. S. Burakowski said.
“Speeds hit 60 mph but we backed off in neighborhood streets,” Burakowski said.
A police helicopter above was able to keep the suspect vehicle in view, she said.
After about 15 to 20 minutes, the suspect stopped at Wadsworth Avenue and 111th Drive, Burakowski said.
A man on a cellphone approached his car and was ordered by deputies to lie down on the street, according to broadcast reports.
The suspect then followed deputies’ orders to get out, back toward them and lie down, and he was taken into custody, she said.
He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and assault on a police officer for nearly ramming a deputy’s patrol car during the pursuit, had the deputy not backed out of the way.
The man on the cellphone was also ordered to back toward officers and was shown being detained. He was not arrested, Burakowski said.
It appeared the man on the cellphone was a friend who lived on that block, she said.
—City News Service