Burglary Suspect Killed in Car Crash After Police Pursuit

A 35-year-old man suspected of stealing property from parked vehicles in Culver City was killed Wednesday in a car crash after a police pursuit.

On March 24, at approximately 07:12 a.m., Culver City Police Department received a call of man breaking into two parked cars and stealing items from them in the area of the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, located in the 9500 block of Jefferson Boulevard.

Witnesses said the suspect “also possibly stole a silver Lexus after he entered it and manipulated some wires,” police said.

Responding officers found the suspect’s vehicle in the area of Obama Boulevard and Hauser Boulevard and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. However, the suspect failed to stop and a vehicle pursuit ensued, police said.

Officers pursued the suspect to La Brea Avenue and Obama Boulevard, where the stolen car collided into another uninvolved vehicle. The driver of this car sustained minor injuries and the suspect drove away. Police called off the pursuit “due to the suspect’s erratic driving and the danger posed to the community,” police said.

Culver City Police later learned that the stolen vehicle ran off the road and collided with a tree, causing the suspect to become entrapped in the vicinity of Overhill Drive and Springdale Drive.

LA County Fire Department Paramedics and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded and pronounced the suspect deceased at the scene. No one else was injured in this accident.

The suspect, who name was not released, was on probation for burglary with an active felony warrant and priors for burglary, Culver City police said.

The California Highway Patrol and the Los Angeles Police Department’s responded and handled the traffic collision investigations.

Anyone seeking further information is asked to contact Culver City Police Department Public Information Officer Lieutenant Estrada at 310-253-6316.


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