LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A man stole a Los Angeles Police Department squad car early Friday morning and then crashed it into a Starbucks and a light pole in Mid-city.

The crash happened in the 1200 block of South La Brea Avenue just before 4 a.m., according to LAPD officials.

Police say the 25-year-old suspect stole the car from an officer who had left the cruiser running while responding to an assault with a deadly weapon call in South Los Angeles.

stolen lapd cruiser crash1 Man Steals LAPD Cruiser, Crashes Into Starbucks, Light Pole

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The suspect, who was reportedly driving 100 miles per hour prior to the crash, was ejected after losing control of the vehicle.

The 25-year-old, whose leg was severed in the accident, was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

La Brea is expected to be shut down between San Vicente Boulevard and West 12th Street until noon for an investigation. A Sig Alert was issued.

The identity of the suspect was not released.

No officers were injured.


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