LANCASTER (CBSLA) – A 19-year-old man suspected of beating and kidnapping his girlfriend was arrested late Thursday night following a wild pursuit through Lancaster in which the suspect was struck by a patrol cruiser, authorities said.

At around 10 p.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a man assaulting his girlfriend in the 1000 block of East Avenue J in Lancaster.

The suspect and victim then got into a Nissan and left the area. When responding deputies spotted the car and attempted to pull it over, a pursuit ensued. Deputies at one point lost sight of the vehicle, but were able to find it again thanks to a sheriff’s helicopter.

The suspect drove erratically until his car became disabled at 15th Street and Kettering Avenue. As he was trying to run away from the car, he was accidentally struck by a sheriff’s patrol vehicle, LASD reports.

The suspect was taken to a hospital for minor injuries. After being treated and released, he was booked in jail on charges of domestic violence and kidnapping.

The 19-year-old victim, meanwhile, was found safe in the Nissan. She was treated at the scene for minor injuries from the assault.

The suspect’s name was not immediately released.


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