Video: Burglary suspects’ car falls to pieces during Calif. police pursuit

After side-swiping several cars, the BMW began losing portions of the car’s body, with the rear bumper being the first to dislodge from the vehicle


By Ashley Silver

LOS ANGELES — A group of burglars in California took the saying “until the wheels fall off” to a whole new extreme, leading officers on a high-speed pursuit as their vehicle literally fell apart.

CBS Los Angeles reported the incident started when a homeowner called police stating they were locked in the bathroom as intruders were inside their home. The suspects ended up fleeing the home in a black BMW with stolen plates.

Video shows the BMW barreling through streets in east Los Angeles and North Long Beach, with officers in pursuit. The suspects’ front tire went flat during the pursuit, but they persisted reaching speeds of 70 mph.

After darting through traffic and side-swiping several cars, the BMW began steadily losing portions of the car’s body, with the rear bumper being the first to dislodge from the vehicle. The California Highway Patrol took notice of the objects flinging from the car and advised all officers in pursuit to be alert because there was metal falling from the vehicle.

With the front tire down to the rim, the car eventually lost control and crashed into the back of a semitruck. Several of the suspects darted from the car and ran into oncoming traffic, while two remained in the damaged vehicle. They were finally stopped and surrendered to authorities, along with the two individuals that remained in the back seat of the BMW.

The names of the four suspects have not been released.  

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