Police Chase Interstate 5
An overpass near LAX as a motorist, right, sits on a ledge following a chase that began in San Diego County. Photo credit: Screen shot, Fox 11 via YouTube

A motorist who led authorities on a chase to Los Angeles Thursday was arrested following a standoff on an over-crossing near Los Angeles International Airport.

The incident began shortly before noon, when authorities in San Diego County began chasing the suspect, apparently for a traffic violation, according to the California Highway Patrol and broadcast reports.

The chase led into Los Angeles County, and eventually to the area of World Way and Century Boulevard. Fox 11 in Los Angeles reported that authorities trailed the car, a Nissan Altima, because officers suspected the motorist of driving recklessly.

The chase continued through Orange County, then to L.A. County, where the Altima was spotted moving at high speeds on Interstate 5 and the 105 freeway.

The vehicle exited the freeway, Fox 11 reported, was on Imperial Highway, then stopped near World and Century thanks to CHP intervention. A man left the Altima, sitting on the edge of an over-crossing where negotiators worked to coax him from his precarious position.

Shortly after 1 p.m., Los Angeles Fire Department personnel were sent to the 6200 block of West Century on a report of a “man threatening to jump after (a) CHP pursuit. Possibly armed with knife.”

Firefighters reportedly set up an air cushion below the overpass designed to protect someone in a fall, and traffic was routed away from the area as a precaution.

The fire department announced at about 2:45 p.m. that the suspect had been taken into custody. The man was not publicly identified; news footage showed him being taken from the scene in an ambulance.

LAX reported that flights were not affected during the standoff, but traffic was heavily delayed while authorities attempted to take the suspect into custody.

City News Service and staff reports



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