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Motorcycle chase leads police from Valley to East Los Angeles

A suspect riding a motorcycle in the San Fernando Valley led police on a high-speed chase into East L.A. Wednesday.
October 2, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man riding a motorcycle led police on a high-speed pursuit from the San Fernando Valley into East Los angeles Wednesday afternoon. The suspect was wanted for grand-theft auto, reckless driving and failure to yield.

LAPD officers began the pursuit shortly before 4:45 p.m. near Woodland Hills.

The suspect drove the motorcycle at high speeds southbound on the 101 Freeway into Tarzana, Encino and Sherman Oaks before transitioning into Studio City, then over the Cahuenga Pass into Hollywood.

California Highway Patrol officers took over the pursuit. A CHP SUV and cruiser traded positions very close behind the motorcyclist.

The rider weaved in between cars in and out of lanes and CHP officers backed off slightly.

By 5:10 p.m. the suspect had reached downtown Los Angeles.

The suspect then transitioned freeways, then moved onto East Los Angeles surface streets, narrowly missing pedestrians in crosswalks. The rider drove onto a sidewalk, then ditched the motorcycle at a residence.

He was obscured from helicopter view by trees.

A person loosely matching the suspect description was seen walking a block away. That person entered an auto parts store nearby. Police cars drove up and placed one suspect at the location in custody.

The suspect was transported to Topanga Division where the pursuit started.

Police said the motorcycle came back as "cold-plated," which means the license plate was not registered to that motorcycle.


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