Woman rams cops with stolen U-Haul in dangerous chase ending in a crowded market: Police

A California woman was reportedly caught and arrested after leading police on a chase that put the lives of numerous pedestrians and motorists at risk.

According to KABC, police say they began pursuing a stolen U-Haul truck around 9:50 a.m.

After ramming a police vehicle and sideswiping several other vehicles during the pursuit, the suspect reportedly drove into a crowded produce market in downtown Los Angeles, where she was apprehended.

In total, she led police around the city for roughly 20 minutes, driving erratically as if she were under the influence of drugs or alcohol, KABC reported.

When she stopped the truck at the market, reports indicate she got out of the vehicle and ran into the crowd.

According to early reports, the suspect spit at officers and was generally combative during the arrest.

Despite the alleged reckless driving and hundreds of shoppers at the produce market, there have been no reports of injuries associated with the pursuit.

According to KTLA, at least one officer is believed to have shot at the driver after she rammed a police cruiser in an attempt to escape a dead-end road.

After she was taken into custody, she was reportedly assessed by first responders and did not have any visible injuries.

She was taken to an area hospital for further examination, KTLA reported.

Update: A woman is in custody after leading LAPD on a pursuit in a stolen U-Haul truck from South L.A. into downtown. Driving recklessly and often on the wrong side of the street, she finally was boxed in at a produce market, where she hit a police SUV. An officer appeared to fire in her direction. http://on.ktla.com/ZFYDs

Posted by KTLA 5 News on Thursday, November 9, 2017

Los Angeles Police Lt. Chris Ramirez said the suspect is possibly facing charges including evading, hit-and-run and operating a stolen vehicle.

At least two police vehicles were damaged during the pursuit. A third was potentially damaged at the market.

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