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Milk truck leads police on chase, then crashes

November 21, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
A stolen milk truck slammed into an MTA track ending a police chase that lasted about 45 minutes on Saturday afternoon.Investigators are still trying to figure out the suspect's motivation after he stole a milk truck in East Los Angeles.

After a high speed chase with police the truck slammed into guard rails on MTA tracks at the corner of Washington and San Pedro.

The driver of the milk truck was the only reported injury.

Just after 1 p.m. on Saturday the suspect apparently stole the milk truck from a business located on the 3300 block of Blanchard St. The driver had apparently stopped to make a delivery and left the keys in the ignition.

The truck has a GPS tracking device on it, making it easy for the owners to track down the stolen milk truck.

The suspect lead authorities on a chase that traveled on several different freeways and at one point a sheriff's deputy had to open fire on the suspect.

"We were actively looking for this vehicle after it was stolen," L.A. County Sheriff Sgt. John Lecrivain said. "The deputy in the city of Commerce came up on the vehicle and apparently he saw the driver at the same time and the driver of the vehicle attempted to run the deputy over. At that point there was a shooting that happened."

The suspect was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.


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