Wounded car-theft suspect calls 911, surrenders

AP News
Posted: Nov 21, 2011 4:46 PM
Wounded car-theft suspect calls 911, surrenders

A wounded car-theft suspect fleeing police at speeds up to 100 mph surrendered Monday after calling authorities _ to help him.

The chase through Los Angeles and its northern suburbs ended when the Tucson, Ariz., man, wounded by police gunfire, used a cell phone to dial 911 then pulled over and was taken into custody, said Officer Rick Quintero, a California Highway Patrol spokesman.

The man and a second suspect, a woman, also of Tucson, were initially stopped by two park rangers at Hungry Valley state park, north of Los Angeles, on suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle.

Authorities handcuffed the woman and put her in a ranger's SUV, but the man was able to break away, jumped in the state vehicle and the couple sped away, authorities said.

Quintero said the man tried to run down one of the rangers and was wounded when one, or both, rangers opened fire. He did not know how many shots were fired.

Video broadcast by TV stations showed the white SUV barreling through streets and sideswiping other vehicles before coming to a halt on a freeway in Los Angeles.

CHP officers approached the SUV, pulled out the handcuffed woman and then the driver, who appeared injured. Paramedics rushed the driver to an ambulance.

The names of the man and woman were not immediately released.