Arraignment was delayed again Wednesday for a Ventura County man who allegedly stole a Los Angeles Police Department patrol SUV in Hollywood and led officers on a chase to the San Fernando Valley.

Ethan Rutland, 28, was charged Tuesday with one felony count each of driving or taking a law enforcement or fire department vehicle without consent and fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle while driving recklessly, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. His arraignment, originally planned Tuesday but delayed until Wednesday, was postponed again until Thursday.

Rutland allegedly got into the SUV — which had its engine running and police weapons secured in the vehicle — and drove away as two officers responded to a call of an unrelated suspect running from other officers early last Friday morning.

Police quickly located the SUV, which was equipped with a GPS device, and chased it onto the northbound Hollywood (101) Freeway and into the San Fernando Valley, where the driver exited the freeway at Canoga Avenue in Woodland Hills.

Along the way, officers had deployed a spike strip.

Rutland was arrested after the vehicle hit a curb and stopped near Ventura Boulevard and DeSoto Avenue.

If convicted as charged, he could face up to eight years in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

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