A boy stole a car Sunday night and led officers on a long chase through Inglewood and other South Bay cities. The pursuit lasted two hours until police officers were able to successfully put down spike strips.
According to Contra Costa Times, the chase started at Manchester and La Cienega Boulevards in Inglewood around 11 pm, when they attempted to stop the stolen gold Toyota Camry.
Inglewood police Sgt. Brian Hand said the driver refused to pull over, and the pursuit began. Over the next couple hours, officers followed the Camry through neighborhoods and side streets. There were several instances where the chase went in circles.
"Several times the suspect drove head-on toward police officers, forcing them to veer away from him," Hand said.
Police attempted to use the spike strips at a gas station, but the boy drove around those and crashed into a police car.
Officers wanted to make the situation as safe as possible and "didn't force the issue."
Once the boy started following a pattern, they laid down another spike strip at Century Boulevard and Inglewood Avenue at 1 am. Finally, after driving over the spikes, the car stopped at Arbor Vitae and Oak Streets in Inglewood.
The boy was arrested for suspicion of car theft, assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer for running into the patrol car, and felony evading. Officers were unable to release his name because he is underage.
Frequently, the boy would flash gang hand signs out of the window during the chase.
"The gang signs were consistent with his being a gang member," Hand said.