Video: High-speed pursuit hurtles onto airfield at LAX

Bizarre video shows the suspect speeding down the tarmac with police hot on his trail

By Suzie Ziegler

LOS ANGELES — Most everyone has experienced a delayed flight. There are all the usual reasons: for maintenance, a late connection, de-icing. But at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday, flights were grounded for a most unusual reason: a high-speed police pursuit. Video released Friday shows a driver careening down a taxiway, past jets, with police hot on his trail. 

According to KABC, the incident began when the driver “broke through a fence at the FedEx cargo facility and drove westbound on the surface road and airfield,” LAX officials said. 

Airport police cornered the suspect's vehicle near a private terminal at the airport and detained a man, according to KABC. No one was hurt. 

The pursuit caused a “brief” closure of the south runways, said LAX in a tweet. Three planes waiting to land were waived off, but no other flights were impacted. 

It’s unclear what led up to the pursuit. Authorities said no federal charges were expected and that local police were leading the investigation, according to KABC.


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