The chase began at about 7:15 a.m. with a report of a stolen vehicle in Buena Park, authorities said.
The driver of a red Honda Accord led police through Norwalk and Downey, on surface streets and the 5 Freeway, before a patrol vehicle executed a PIT maneuver at around 8 a.m.
The four-door was struck from behind after making a right turn; it then swerved and came to a stop while straddling two lanes.
Several officers drew their guns and pointed them at the Honda, whose driver-side door was pinned shut by the front of a police vehicle.
After about 10 minutes, a female passenger got out of the sedan, put her hands in the air and was taken into custody. The male driver followed a few minutes later and was apprehended without incident.