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Pursuit Of Assault With A Deadly Weapon On An Officer Suspect Ends In Crash In Commerce

COMMERCE (CBSLA) — A man suspected of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer was taken into custody Wednesday evening after a brief pursuit.

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A brief pursuit of an assault with a deadly weapon suspect ended in Commerce after the driver ran into a tow truck. (CBSLA)

The pursuit started after the driver, who has not yet been identified, allegedly hit a California Highway Patrol officer's vehicle near 7th Street and Boyle Avenue shortly before 6 p.m. in Boyle Heights — almost striking the officer.

The driver then fled the scene and was seen driving through multiple red lights, swerving onto the wrong side of the road and hitting at least two vehicles as he attempted to evade arrest.

The pursuit came to an end after the driver struck a tow truck and was pinned in by officers with the Los Angeles Police Department.

The driver of the tow truck said he had no idea that the driver was barreling down the road at approximately 70 miles per hour when he pulled out his lot and said he was just trying to pull over when the driver crashed into his truck.

"It's not because I wanted him to stop or anything like that, it's just I was trying to get out of the way," the tow truck driver said. "It's better to end up there under a car than killing someone."

After remaining in the vehicle for a few minutes, the man was taken into custody without incident.

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