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Chase ends in Thousand Oaks as CHP rams suspect's sports car

April 19, 2013|By Richard Winton

A 40-minute high-speed pursuit came to an end Friday in Thousand Oaks, where a driver lost control of his sports car and a CHP cruiser slammed into the side of it, officials said.

TV images showed California Highway Patrol officers with guns drawn quickly surrounding the car and forcing a man out with his hands above his head before he laid down on the ground and was handcuffed.

CHP officials said they are waiting for a report from the field on why the pursuit began.

The officials said the pursuit began at 8:11 a.m. in Tarzana, with suspect speeding on the 101 Freeway and later the 23 Freeway and then taking to city streets in Thousand Oaks.

The TV images showed the vehicle driving into oncoming traffic, narrowly avoiding a car stopped at an intersection. A school bus was forced to stop as the car, driving on the wrong side of the street, headed almost directly at it.

At one point in the pursuit, officers attempted to bump the left rear side of the car to spin it out, but the officers' cruiser missed and spun out of control to a halt.

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