4th of July LA chase: 5 teens arrested in Hawthorne following SUV pursuit

Five teens accused of leading authorities on a police chase in a suspected stolen SUV through Los Angeles County Thursday were arrested.

The pursuit had originated in the South Los Angeles area, officials said. The driver in the suspected stolen silver Kia Soul was seen on surface streets before heading back onto the northbound 110 Freeway, eventually making their way onto the 405 Freeway in the Santa Monica area. 

Several patrol vehicles were seen trailing the car. 

The Kia driver was seen driving recklessly and running multiple red lights in the Hawthorne area just before 1 p.m., entering a residential neighborhood. 

The pursuit came to an end when the car stopped in the area near W. 129th St. and Jefferson. Five suspects were seen getting out of the car and running away, jumping fences and eventually reaching an apartment complex where some of those suspects jumped into windows.

A large police presence was seen in the neighborhood surrounding that apartment complex, where there was a possible barricade situation between authorities and those suspects. 

Around 3 p.m., authorities announced five teens were in custody. 

Further details were not immediately available.