Whatever your crime, it is never a good idea to try and run from the police. Though you may evade arrest temporarily, you will eventually be caught. Once caught, a simple DUI can have added charges, resulting in a potentially long prison sentence.
Late in the afternoon of Friday, July 8, a police chase and standoff ended after the man crashed his Mercedes Benz. He then held a box-cutter to his throat during a standoff that lasted longer than two hours.
43-year-old Eliseo Mendoze from Long Beach was booked into the Long Beach Jail on charges of reckless driving, evading, DUI, hit and run, and speeding. He is currently being held at Los Angeles County Men’s Jail on a bond of $75,000.
Mendoza was initially pursued by police at about 4:30 p.m. but was able to elude capture. Police spotted the vehicle again around 5 p.m. and police picked up the pursuit anew, intending to tow the car. Another chase with the vehicle began in the 2900 block of 65th Street and made it into Bellflower. There, the suspect hit another car at the intersection of Artesia and Lakewood Boulevard. The accident caused a four car collision. One of the victims in another vehicle suffered a minor wrist injury.
Police used 40 mm rubber bullets against the suspect, who still refused to surrender. He held a box cutter to his neck and occasionally made cuts to his flesh.
After being surrounded by SWAT at about 7:45 p.m., the suspect surrendered to LBPD.
The suspect was then taken to the hospital for treatment to the cuts on his neck.
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