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Man Held After High-Speed Chase, Freeway Standoff

March 11, 2000

LOS ANGELES — A man who led police on a chase and then got out of his car and sat on a wall of a 300-foot-high freeway overpass surrendered Friday morning after an eight-hour standoff.

There was gridlock for miles around the closed Century and Harbor freeway interchange in South Los Angeles while police negotiators talked to the man. He surrendered at 9:20 a.m., Sheriff's Deputy Steve Flamm said.

The man's name was not released.

Deputies were called to the Rowland Heights area 20 miles east of the interchange about 12:26 a.m. with a report that the man was armed and had stolen his ex-girlfriend's car, said Officer Rosa Ray of the California Highway Patrol.

The man was chased at speeds reaching 90 mph before the car stopped at 12:48 a.m. at the junction of the Harbor and Century freeways.

The man straddled the ramp's three-foot concrete barrier that prevents cars from plunging 300 feet to the ground.

The man only spoke Vietnamese, which hampered early negotiation attempts.

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