Pursuit of reckless driver comes to safe end in Compton

A reckless driving suspect led police on a 40-minute chase through the Compton area Friday evening before the driver and two passengers were taken into custody.

The suspect, at the wheel of a PT Cruiser, drove on the wrong side of the road, ran red lights and stop signs and nearly collided with several other vehicles before stopping at the intersection of Compton Boulevard and White Avenue in the unincorporated East Compton area.

Deputies had backed off close pursuit as the motorist, who was also suspected of possibly driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, drive dangerously on freeways and local streets.

CNS contributed to this report.


[7:52 p.m. PST] This pursuit has come to an end in Compton with all of the occupants of the suspect car safely taken into custody.

[7:51 p.m. PST] Third passenger in custody.

[7:50 p.m. PST] One female passenger now in custody.

[7:48 p.m. PST] Driver taken into custody. Passenger remain inside car.

[7:47 p.m. PST] Sheriff's deputies converge in the area of Compton and White where the suspect vehicle came to a full stop. The driver of the car has exited the vehicle.

[7:44 p.m. PST] Authorities believe one of the passengers in that car may be armed.

[7:43 p.m. PST] Pursuit on Compton Boulevard and White Avenue -- last known location.

[7:41 p.m. PST] Sheriff's deputies are back in pursuit of this reckless driver.

[7:38 p.m. PST] Suspect continues driving through residential areas in the Compton area with near-misses along the way. Law enforcement still has not re-engaged.

[7:29 p.m. PST] Pursuit suspect driving through Compton surface streets sometimes at high speeds. Long Beach at Rosecrans last known position.

[7:23 p.m. PST] Sheriff's deputies no longer following at this time.

[7:21 p.m. PST] Pursuit traveling in the area of Compton and Oleander.

Los Angeles Sheriff's deputies are in hot pursuit of a reckless driver in the Compton area.

The pursuit began in Compton when the driver of a white PT Cruiser failed to stop for law enforcement.

There appears to be other people inside the vehicle besides the driver.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.