Police with suspect outside wrecked vehicle
Police with the suspect outside the wrecked vehicle. Courtesy OnScene.TV

A mentally ill suspect was being held for evaluation Friday morning after a nearly three-hour slow speed pursuit in Pomona came to a crashing end when the driver plowed through the barrier of a raised parking lot and the vehicle overturned on a street below.

Officers with the Pomona Police Department’s Major Crimes Task Force attempted to pull over a vehicle for code violations about 8:10 p.m. Thursday, but the driver refused to pull over and attempted to evade officers, according to Lt. Ryan Rodriguez.

The suspect’s girlfriend called police and said the man was armed with a gun and suicidal, Rodriguez said.

Officers followed the suspect until the department’s Crisis Negotiation Team was able to call the man, who told negotiators he was suicidal, Rodriguez said.

A decision was made to pull back patrol units and to have only the police helicopter follow in an attempt to make the suspect surrender peacefully, Rodriguez said.

The suspect remained on the phone with crisis negotiators for more than two hours as he drove at slow speeds on the streets of Pomona.

Video from Fox 11 showed the suspect vehicle get into a confrontation with a pickup truck, with the pickup then following the suspect vehicle and ramming it from behind.

About 11 p.m., the suspect vehicle was involved in a single-vehicle crash and taken into custody, Rodriguez said.

Fox 11 video showed the vehicle speeding through a parking lot, then crashing through a metal barrier, flipping in mid-air and landing on its roof on Towne Avenue, near Monterey Avenue.

The driver crawled out of the vehicle and stumbled around as officers ran to the edge of the parking structure.

The driver was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. He was being held on a mental evaluation and would face charges that stemmed from his actions after the pursuit began, Rodriguez said.

The name of the suspect was not disclosed.

It was unclear if the driver of the pickup truck that rammed the suspect’s vehicle was in custody.

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