LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — A police pursuit that began on a freeway near Carson Friday night ended in Long Beach when a man parked in the middle of the street inadvertently stopped the chase by opening his driver’s side door.
The Los Angeles Police Department’s Harbor Division took chase of a purportedly stolen Honda Accord shortly before 10 p.m. Friday, following the driver along 223rd Street in Carson eastbound until he reached Long Beach.
An officer driving the lead LAPD SUV attempted at least one pit maneuver during the pursuit to no avail.
After the suspect evaded several police vehicles by entering a shopping center in Long Beach, he managed to make his way northbound on Junipero Street, where, just north of 7th Street, the driver of a white coupe opened his door, blocking the would-be car thief.
The driver promptly exited the vehicle with his hands in the air before being taken into custody. LAPD could not confirm Friday night whether or not the car was, in fact, stolen. No injuries were reported.
According to the annual “Hot Wheels” report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau out earlier this week, the Honda Accord was the most stolen vehicle in 2016.