BOYLE HEIGHTS (CNS) - Authorities today were attempting to arrest a man who barricaded inside an SUV in the Boyle Heights area after losing control of the vehicle during a pursuit.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department units began pursuing the man in the black SUV just after 2:10 p.m. on the northbound Santa Ana (5) Freeway north of the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway in the Downey area.
The man drove at high speeds, leading authorities through Montebello and into South Gate, wear he exited onto surface streets, at times driving against traffic.
The SUV crashed through a chain-link fence onto train tracks in the area of Noakes Street and South Hicks Avenue in the Commerce area, and then went westbound on the tracks until the front passenger side tire of the SUV became dislodged in the area of Noakes and Calzona streets in Boyle Heights.
The man exited the SUV and appeared to attempt to jump onto a passing train, but turned and ran toward a fence on Noakes Street between Calada and Calzona streets.
He turned from the fence once deputies arrived on the other side and made his way back to the SUV. Additional LASD units arrived on the scene and began staging in the area with guns drawn as the man blocked the windshield of the SUV with a sun shade.
Authorities were attempting to negotiate a surrender with the man as of 2:50 p.m.