Watch: Pursuit takes wild turn as suspect rams cruisers, runs across Calif. freeway lanes
The suspect allegedly stole a utility vehicle, led police on a slow-speed pursuit and eventually ran across nine lanes of traffic on a busy freeway
By Joanna Putman
LOS ANGELES — A slow-speed pursuit intensified after a suspect rammed police cars and ran across a freeway, KCAL News reported.
The report says that during the initial pursuit, the suspect drove slowly, used turn signals and stopped before entering intersections.
Helicopter video shows police attempting to corner the suspect, who was driving a utility truck labeled “Sysco.” The vehicle was presumed to be stolen, but it had not yet been reported, according to the report.
The suspect was able to maneuver out of the police roadblock by ramming multiple cruisers, driving through a fence and traveling the wrong way on the 15 Freeway.
The vehicle appeared to stop running, as the video shows the suspect struggling with the steering wheel. The suspect then got out of the vehicle and ran across nine lanes of traffic before reaching a Denny’s parking lot on the other side of the freeway.
There, the suspect attempted to flag a car down before continuing to run. The suspect appeared to have lost an article of clothing and a wig while running into a local Denny’s restaurant. Once inside Denny’s, the suspect reportedly brandished a gun, KTLA News reported. Cruisers, officers and K-9s swarmed the restaurant and captured the suspect inside.