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Car thief crashes into Long Beach police cruiser, escapes on foot

April 01, 2013|By Joseph Serna
  • Wreckage remained on a Long Beach sidewalk after a vehicle driven by a suspected car thief slammed into a police car Monday.
Wreckage remained on a Long Beach sidewalk after a vehicle driven by a suspected… (Mark Boster / Los Angeles…)

An auto thief escaped on foot Monday morning after smashing a stolen car into a Long Beach police cruiser and fleeing the scene, police said.

At about 1:30 a.m. a stolen 1991 white Toyota Camry collided with the cruiser at 59th Street and Elm Avenue, said Sgt. David Marander. The Camry's male driver fled.

Police set up a perimeter around the area but did not find the suspect, and the search was canceled at about 4:30 a.m.

An officer who inside the cruiser was taken to a hospital with complaints of pain and then released, Marander said.

The vehicle had been reported stolen Sunday in Lynwood. A description of the thief was not immediately available.

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