Standoff ends in South LA when DUI suspect gets out to urinate

-  A DUI suspect in a gray pickup truck led police on a chase from downtown Los Angeles to Gardena and then back to South Los Angeles before barricading himself inside the vehicle for about 90 minutes.
  
The chase began about 4:10 p.m. in the 1200 block of East Olympic Boulevard, near Central Avenue, according to Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section.
  
The suspect, driving on the Harbor (110) Freeway and streets, hit high speeds, drove along rail tracks and on the wrong side of the street during the chase.
  
The pickup hit a stopped van head-on -- although at a relatively slow speed -- and then backed up, appearing to contact a pursuing police cruiser, before taking off again.
  
Police tried to execute PIT maneuvers three times, but the pickup kept going.
  
The vehicle pulled into a gas station in South Los Angeles, where an officer deployed a tire-flattening device that appeared to damage at least one of the pickup's tires.
  
The driver came to stop in the area of 82nd Street and McKinley Avenue, where the pickup was then sandwiched front and back by armored police vehicles.
  
The suspect, surrounded by a large contingent of officers, finally surrendered about 6:25 p.m.
 

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