A man led officers with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on a wild chase in one of their own vehicles before surrendering in the San Fernando Valley town of Reseda.
The incident began around 6:30 am Tuesday morning when a deputy responded to a call from a psychiatric unit at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. When the officer arrived, the suspect ran out of the hospital, jumped in the patrol vehicle and drove away.
“That’s when you see the suspect running out of the hospital,” Deputy Juanita Navarro told CBS2. “[The deputy] rushes out of his vehicle. At some point during that, the suspect enters the sergeant’s vehicle, and takes off.”
The California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department began pursuing the vehicle. At one point, the suspect put the car in reverse and rammed one of the pursuing patrol cars.
The move resulted in a deputy jumping out of his cruiser and opening fire on the suspect’s commandeered vehicle, shattering one of the windows.
The suspect eventually pulled the stolen vehicle over in the town of Reseda, where he was able to surrender. He was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
You can view the chase up top.