A freakish, slow-moving chase down the 405 Freeway ended early Tuesday with Los Angeles police cruisers pinning a sedan and later arresting the driver, an attempted murder suspect.
A Los Angeles gang member accused of shooting his sister-in-law led cops on a highway chase that came to a dramatic end after he reportedly took some of his clothes off, opened fire at police and threw empty bottles of booze out of the auto, authorities said. It began when officers started following Flores' vehicle, which matched the description of the one connected to Sunday's shooting. The cop auto drove into the back of the driver's side of the vehicle which sent it spinning and causing the suspect to lose control. Officers surrounded the vehicle and deployed a K-9 while taking Flores into custody.
The 405 Freeway, one of the nation's busiest, was shut down as Flores, 32, dragged dozens of cops through the Sepulveda Pass and into West Los Angeles as the chase continued into the pre-dawn hours, police said. Finally, officers were able to PIT maneuver his vehicle, sending him spinning on the road. Once he is released, he will be booked on suspicion of attempted murder, the LAPD's Josh Rubenstein said. She was hospitalized and is in critical condition. At times both sides of the 405 Freeway were closed along with portions of the 10 Freeway just as crowds were leaving a Kings game at the nearby Staples Center.
A motive for the shooting has not been disclosed.