Pursuit Suspect Hides in Storm Drain in Van Nuys


11:45 AM EDT, October 1, 2012


VAN NUYS, Calif. (KTLA) -- A pursuit suspect who bailed out of a stolen vehicle and hid in a storm drain in Van Nuys was taken into custody Monday morning.

The chase began around 4 a.m. in the San Fernando Valley, where police were apparently alerted via LoJack about a stolen white 2012 Jaguar.

The suspect led officers on surface streets and several freeways, including the 405 Freeway -- newly re-opened after the Carmageddon II weekend closure.

He headed into West Los Angeles and then turned around and went back into the San Fernando Valley on the 101 Freeway.

The pursuit reached speeds in excess of 120 mph, according to police. The suspect also blew through red lights on surface streets.

He finally pulled over on the side of the 405 Freeway in Van Nuys shortly before 5 a.m. and fled on foot.

The suspect jumped over the freeway barrier and ran into an industrial area in the 8100 block of Haskell Ave. near Roscoe Blvd., close to the Budweiser plant.

That's where the suspect hid in a storm drain that runs under some railroad tracks.

Officers set up on both sides of the tunnel, and they brought in a K-9 unit to help flush the suspect out.

The man was taken into custody in the tunnel around 6 a.m.

Police were searching the stolen Jaguar for evidence. They said they had not recovered any weapons.