High-speed pursuit from San Diego ends in standoff near LAX

A driver who led authorities in a high-speed chase down San Diego’s Freeway 5 was arrested near Los Angeles International Airport after a one-hour pause Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

The incident began when San Diego police tried to stop the suspect, who authorities and multiple media reports said was driving the wrong way.

California Highway Patrol officers continued the pursuit down the freeway, which eventually ended at an overpass near the LAX entrance on West Century Boulevard, authorities said.

The man, who may be armed with a knife, reportedly threatened to jump off the overpass after the chase around 1:15 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Video from KABC-TV showed several police vehicles surrounding a person on the railing of an airport flyover. Firefighters installed an inflatable landing pad under the overpass. Traffic around the airport was temporarily halted.

The standoff lasted until about 3 p.m. when the person was taken into custody, authorities said.

“Los Angeles airport police officers responded to assist and were able to peacefully and successfully take the suspect into custody,” airport patrol officials said. “The affected traffic is in the process of reopening.”

CHP is expected to take the person into custody and conduct the investigation.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-10-20/pursuit-from-san-diego-ends-in-standoff-near-lax-person-in-custody High-speed pursuit from San Diego ends in standoff near LAX

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