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Downtown LA Corvette chase suspect identified

A Corvette is seen in the moments after it collided with another car during a chase in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.

December 15, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
The driver of a Corvette who was shot and killed after leading authorities on a chase that ended in downtown Los Angeles has been identified.

Brian Newt Beaird, of Oceanside, 51, was identified by the coroner. He was shot at the end of the chase by at least one officer.

The chase started Friday night in Cudahy, with the California Highway Patrol and sheriff's units chasing a reckless driving suspect in a silver Corvette. The Los Angeles police joined in when the chase reached downtown Los Angeles.

Shortly after that, the Corvette collided with a car at Olympic Boulevard and Los Angeles Street, and the other car sheared off a hydrant.

The Corvette driver got out and was shot. He died at the hospital.