Police fire beanbags at car in West LA before taking chase suspect into custody

SAWTELLE, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Police officers fired beanbags at a suspect's vehicle before taking him into custody at the end of a chase in West Los Angeles early Wednesday morning.

According to a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson, officers noticed a suspicious person possibly breaking into vehicles in the area of Barrington Avenue and Pico Boulevard at about 3:30 a.m.

The officers tried to stop the man, who then fled the scene in a vehicle that may have been stolen, the LAPD said. A chase ensued.

The driver struck three vehicles, as well as the railroad crossing arms of a Metro line, police said, adding that he refused to exit his car after it became disabled.

News video showed officers yelling instructions at the man as he sat behind the wheel of his sedan. The rear window was shattered.

Officers approached the passenger's side of the vehicle and, according to the LAPD, used beanbags to shoot out the window. It was unclear if the suspect was struck by the less-lethal rounds.

After several officers approached the driver's side, the man exited the the vehicle and was placed in handcuffs.

No one was injured in the incident, the police spokesperson said.
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