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Published on May 19, 2024
Suspect Arrested After Hijacking LAPD Car with Officer Inside, Leading to Multiple Collisions in Downtown Los AngelesSource: Unsplash/Michael Förtsch

In a turn of events that jarred the early hours of downtown Los Angeles, a man commandeered an LAPD patrol vehicle with a police officer inside, leading to a dangerous chase and a string of collisions. The female officer, who was on a security detail near 12th and Figueroa streets around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, was forced into unexpected peril when the suspect gained access to her patrol car and drove away at high speed, according to authorities cited by KTLA.

What began as a routine assignment escalated rapidly; the suspect, after hijacking the police vehicle—with the officer getting ejected and tumbling onto the roadway continued northbound on Figueroa Street where he crashed into two vehicles and then a pole at the intersection of 7th Street before abandoning the hijacked patrol car to escape on foot, an aftermath that ended with his quick apprehension, as reported by CBSNews.

In the wake of the chaos, multiple people were injured including the officer; fortunately, no fatalities were reported. As per KTLA, LAPD Lt. James Mylonakis disclosed that none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening, and the area was sealed off for hours while authorities managed the scene, gathering witness statements and clearing debris.

As the dust settled, the damaged vehicles and remnants of the high-speed fray gave silent testimony to the night's turbulence amid the closures that affected the local traffic flow into the morning hours, the suspect who instigated this upheaval was taken into custody undergoing booking procedures. Three people from the vans were treated at the scene for minor injuries, the officer was taken to a hospital, her condition was not specified but early indications suggested non-critical injuries.