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September 12, 2013
They've thrown money out a window, spun doughnuts in the grass, and shaken off spike strips and PIT maneuvers only to be undone by wet cement. And in the end, they all ended up in the same place: jail. As they say, it's not the destination that matters so much as the journey. So whether it's with a stolen car, a white Ford Bronco or yes, even a tank, there's no more hair-raising and mind-numbingly entertaining way to watch someone end up in cuffs than a good, old-fashioned Southern California police chase.
April 4, 2014 | By Joseph Serna, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
A 26-year-old man was booked on suspicion of murder Thursday after Westminster police said he led officers on a brief pursuit and broadsided a minivan, killing a girl inside and injuring her mother and sister. The pursuit began about 6:15 p.m., police said, when officers tried to pull over Aleksander Apostoloic on drug trafficking and weapons charges. Instead of stopping, Apostoloic rammed the patrol car with his vehicle then sped off northbound on Olive Street, a narrow residential road, police said.
October 6, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
A pedestrian killed this weekend when she was apparently struck by a Buena Park police car was identified Sunday by Orange County coroner's officials. Katherine Tinnell, 33, was hit shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Orangethorpe Avenue and Oregon Street in Buena Park, according to a coroner's press release . A coroner's official referred calls about the incident to the California Highway Patrol, which referred calls to the Buena Park Police Department. Police did not return calls for comment Sunday morning.  Several news outlets including KNBC-TV Channel 4 , KTLA-TV Channel 5 and KABC-TV Channel 7 reported that the woman was struck by a marked black-and-white Buena Park police car.  ALSO: Dangerous fire conditions continue through Sunday CicLAvia lets Angelenos experience city streets without cars Brush fire at Camp Pendleton grows to more than 1,500 acres Twitter: @jackfleonard
March 8, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Ruben Vives and Matt Stevens
Authorities are trying to determine why a dump truck slammed into a Los Angeles Police Department patrol car in Beverly Hills on Friday, killing one officer and injuring a second. California Highway Patrol investigators spent most of the day Friday at the scene, photographing the scattered wreckage and spilled oil, and looking for surveillance cameras that might have caught the crash on tape. Authorities said they were also trying to determine whether the patrol car's sirens and lights were on and how fast both vehicles were traveling.
May 31, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Tuesday. Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi crashed into a police car in Florence, Italy, sending two officers to the hospital. ( Radar Online ) Two sequels, "The Hangover Part II" and "Kung Fu Panda 2" helped make this the biggest Memorial Day box office weekend ever. Prepare yourself for more sequels. ( Los Angeles Times ) But apparently, "Kung Fu Panda 2" didn't do well enough for DreamWorks Animation investors. ( Hollywood Reporter )
November 4, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of stealing an unmarked San Bernardino Police Department vehicle, authorities said Monday. The Crown Victoria was stolen Oct. 21 from a parking lot at San Bernardino City Hall.  The vehicle was recovered Friday at a San Bernardino apartment complex by investigators who found evidence allegedly linking David Battle to the crime, according to police officials.  He was previously incarcerated for...
March 15, 2010 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
The Ford Crown Victoria police car, which for nearly three decades has been the star of high-speed chases and an unwelcome sight in rearview mirrors, is being phased out. Ford unveiled its new patrol car, the Police Interceptor, at an event Friday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway attended by fleet buyers and law enforcement officials. The new car was designed to be faster, safer and stronger, and will come packed with advanced technology. But for some at the unveiling, it was a nostalgic occasion.
October 13, 1988
A 7-year-old boy remained in critical but stable condition Wednesday after being injured when his bicycle struck an unmarked police car in Paradise Hills Tuesday, police said. Derrick Roberto was eastbound on Paradise Ridge Road about 2:30 p.m. when he made a left turn onto Gilmartin Drive and ran into an unmarked Chula Vista police car, according to police. Roberto suffered serious head injuries and was taken to Children's Hospital.
January 3, 1993
A Huntington Beach man was in custody Saturday after leading police on a short vehicle chase, officials said. Costa Mesa police began pursuing a car they saw traveling about 100 m.p.h. near Orange Avenue and Rochester Street about 11:45 p.m. Friday. The driver led police into Irvine, where he rammed a police car near Culver Drive and Sandburg Way, slightly injuring the Irvine police officer inside.
April 16, 1989 | From United Press International
A Domino's Pizza deliveryman ran into a Downey street in mid-block and was struck and killed by a police car headed for a disturbance call at a bar, authorities said Saturday. The deliveryman, Reyes Robles Soto, was jaywalking when he ran into the roadway and into the path of the police car, which had its emergency lights on but not its siren, Sgt. Mel Parks said. The accident occurred on Lakewood Boulevard, north of 5th Street, about 10:35 p.m. Friday, Parks said. "Witnesses stated Soto ran in front of the police unit, which could not avoid the collision," Parks said.
March 7, 2014 | By Ruben Vives, Matt Stevens and Kate Mather
Los Angeles police officials said it is "a miracle" a second officer survived a fatal crash with a big rig that left the patrol car a mangled piece of metal. "The police car is almost unrecognizable even as a vehicle, let alone a police car," LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said. "It's a miracle that anyone survived this collision. " The officers were crossing through Beverly Hills en route to an "unknown trouble call" when the crash occurred about 8 a.m. near Loma Vista Drive and Robert Lane, officials said.
January 12, 2014 | By Joel Rubin
A woman who fell out of a moving Los Angeles police car has accused an officer of sexually assaulting her while she was handcuffed in the back seat of the vehicle. The 28-year-old woman detailed the alleged assault in recent sworn testimony as part of a lawsuit against the officer, his partner and the Los Angeles Police Department, according to a transcript of the testimony reviewed by The Times. At some point after the officer and his partner took the woman into custody on suspicion of public intoxication on March 17 last year, "he was grabbing my left inner thigh, you know, trying to - I'm assuming opening my legs, touching my chest, grabbing at it," the woman told an attorney for the city in a deposition.
January 9, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
His death was set in motion last fall. The terminal illness was finally taking its toll on 8-year-old Erick Casillas that winter. He was unable to walk and speak full sentences, and he needed around-the-clock care. On Monday morning, with his family by his bedside and more than a year after he was diagnosed with brain cancer, Erick died. Many who knew or had come to know the boy recently were mourning his death this week, including members of the Gardena Police Department.
January 3, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The driver of a stolen truck trying to evade arrest was shot by a San Diego police officer and a Border Patrol agent after ramming three vehicles with the truck, police said. The driver suffered a gunshot wound to his leg and was taken to a local hospital. The officer and agent were not hurt. The shooting, which occurred Thursday night, shut down traffic at the border for hours. The incident began about 6:30 p.m. when police were alerted about a stolen 2007 Chevy pickup heading south on Interstate 15. The driver, at speeds approaching 100 mph, tried to outrun police, driving on I-15, several surface streets, and then Interstate 5, police said.
January 2, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Eureka police are searching for the car that belongs to a popular Roman Catholic priest who was found slain in the church rectory on New Year's Day. The car, described as a gray Nissan Altima hybrid, belonged to the Rev. Eric Freed, who  was found dead inside St. Bernard Church after he failed to show up for a Mass.  Police have so far declined to reveal how he was killed or in what condition his body was found, saying only that it...
December 26, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A 2-year-old girl died on Christmas Day after drowning in a pool in the backyard of a Glendora home, police said. Police were called Wednesday at about 4:45 p.m. about the drowning at a home in the 700 block of North Sunny Grove Lane. The first officer arrived about 90 seconds later, authorities said. "When the officer arrived, family members were performing CPR on a 2-year-old child they had just pulled out of a pool in the rear yard," according to a news release from the Glendora Police Department.
July 7, 2010 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
Hemet police on Tuesday found a "suspicious device" attached to a city police car, four days after two men were arrested in connection with a series of violent attacks against authorities in the small Riverside County city. The device, which the Sheriff's Department's bomb squad rendered harmless, was found during a routine check of all police cars and could have been attached to the vehicle at any time over the last two months, said Lt. Duane Wisehart. "Investigators believe they have the suspects in these attacks in custody and that this device was simply not discovered until today," Wisehart said in a statement released by Hemet police.
July 10, 2010 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
A Metro Blue Line train inexplicably ran a stop signal on Wednesday before it struck a Long Beach police car and injured an officer and 10 passengers, according to onboard videotapes reviewed by accident investigators. Two tapes indicate that the southbound train rolled through the red signal about 1 p.m. and collided with the patrol car in the intersection of Long Beach Boulevard and 16th Street, Long Beach police said Friday. Officials for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Blue Line's operator, said they could not comment on the videotapes or other specifics of the accident because investigations were pending.
December 18, 2013 | By Jason Wells
The driver of a Ford minivan being chased by police Wednesday morning at one point tried to shake the pursuing cops at a McDonald's drive-thru in Panorama City, but to no avail. The pursuit ended about 9 a.m., roughly 10 minutes after it started at Woodman Avenue and Roscoe Boulevard. Aerial television news footage showed the silver Windstar crossing into oncoming traffic, blowing through intersections and whizzing by school zones. Eventually, an LAPD squad car was able to carry out a "pit maneuver" by bumping the van's back end, causing the driver to lose control and crash up onto a curb on Van Nuys Boulevard near Parthenia and Nordhoff streets, CBS Los Angeles reported.
November 26, 2013
Join Times staff writer Richard Winton on Tuesday at 9 a.m. for a L.A. Now Live chat about a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge who has made claims of excessive force by the UCLA Police Department. David S. Cunningham III is not only a judge but the former president of the Los Angeles Police Commission and a onetime federal civil rights attorney. Winton reported  that Cunningham found himself handcuffed in the back of a UCLA police car on Saturday morning. Officers had pulled him over as he was driving his Mercedes out of his Westwood gym because, police said, he wasn't wearing his seat belt.
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