A man who was wanted for stealing a van carjacked two additional vehicles during a dangerous pursuit in the Los Angeles area Wednesday afternoon before finally being taken into custody.
The Los Angeles Police Department began tracking the suspect after learning he was wanted for stealing a van in Ventura County around 8 a.m., officials said.
At some point, two LAPD officers were taken to a hospital in connection with the chase, though police did not have any details on how they were injured.
By 1:33 p.m., the driver abandoned the van, its tires disabled by spike strips, and then ran to a Chevron gas station in Porter Ranch where he got into a BMW sedan that was stopped at one of the fuel pumps.
Video showed the man get into the driver’s seat and an occupant safely getting out of the front passenger seat.
The driver then took off in the stolen car and was able to evade authorities that had surrounded him at the station, apparently unaware that he had switched vehicles, video from Sky5 showed.
The suspect was then seen speeding on surface streets, where he ran red lights and drove on the wrong side of the road.
Around 1:45 p.m., the driver pulled into another gas station and was again able to evade a patrol unit.
Minutes later, he pulled into yet another gas station and on his way out crashed into a police squad car, video showed.
He was able to successfully carjack another vehicle, this time a van, around 1:50 p.m. after stopping at a fourth gas station.
The driver then got onto the northbound 101 Freeway and was seen traveling at speeds north of 100 mph.
The driver eventually got off the highway in Thousand Oaks around 2:05 p.m. before being boxed in by authorities.
The suspect then got out of the van and got on the ground to surrender while officers drew their guns. He was soon taken into custody without further incident.
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