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Stolen car pursuit ends in crash in Inglewood

July 12, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A police pursuit of a stolen Jaguar ended in Inglewood Thursday when the suspect crashed into a truck, flipped it, and then hit another vehicle.

Investigators say the pursuit only lasted a few short blocks, but it was long enough for the suspect to hit speeds topping 80 miles per hour.

The pursuit began in the area of Imperial Highway and South Central Avenue at 7:19 a.m. Within minutes, the Jaguar collided into a white pickup truck.

Police say the Jaguar was going so fast that when it hit the truck, it flipped it forward, and then continued traveling, slamming into a van. Onlookers said that the Jaguar looked more like a train as it barreled through traffic.

"I thought it was a fatality at first," said witness Gary Tarvin. "You don't see this every day ... unfold right in front of your eyes."

Both drivers were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. The suspect was also taken to a local hospital with cuts and bruises.

According to LAPD officers, the suspect, a man in his 40s, appeared to be under the influence of narcotics.

Crenshaw Boulevard was shut down for hours as LAPD investigated. The road has since reopened.

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