A man suspected of DUI and car theft is in custody Friday after allegedly leading police through the San Fernando Valley on a slow-speed chase that included at least nine PIT maneuvers and the deployment of four spike strips, as well as attempts by the public to stop the pursuit.
The driver was first spotted near the intersection of Tampa Avenue and Van Owen Street around 10:15 p.m. Thursday, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Norma Eisenman of the Media Relations Section.
The suspect made his way slowly through Van Nuys, Reseda, Winnetka, Encino and Sherman Oaks, before returning to Encino where the pursuit ended about 11:45 p.m. on Ventura Boulevard near Woodley Avenue after police performed a PIT maneuver and boxed the car in.
“Me and my other daughter were watching it the whole time and my son and there’s everybody tweeting and it’s like wow,” Iris Johnson, the car owner’s mother told ABC7 in an exclusive interview Friday morning.
At one point during the pursuit, officers pulled back and other drivers tried to stop the suspect’s vehicle, including one person who kicked the suspect’s car and another who got out of his car and tried to open the suspect’s car door.
Throughout the pursuit, the driver continued to stop at traffic lights and used his traffic signals while waving his left hand out the window.
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