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A man pleaded guilty Wednesday to carjacking a taxi driver and leading police on a chase through South Los Angeles and surrounding communities, and was immediately sentenced to 15 years in state prison.

Derrick Bogar, 36, admitted three counts of carjacking and one count each of first-degree robbery, administering a drug and fleeing from a pursuing police officer’s motor vehicle, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Bogar carjacked a cabbie near Los Angeles International Airport on April 10 and forced the driver to smoke a drug-laced cigarette before the man managed to escape, according to authorities.

He was arrested after a nearly two-hour chase that wound through South Los Angeles, Inglewood, Hawthorne and unincorporated county areas and ended after a police SUV executed a PIT maneuver that sent the carjacked Toyota Prius into a spin. The vehicle was then pinned by three other police SUVs.

Bojar also carjacked two other cabs parked at LAX on April 7 and April 8, authorities said.

— City News Service

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