High speed chases. Police in pursuit of a likely suspect. Scenes like this pop up on televisions sets across the country almost daily, but rarely if ever, do they involve a $100,000 Bentley.
But then this incident happened early yesterday morning in Los Angeles, and only in L.A., right? Maybe Illinois gets part of the blame; the car’s license plates indicated the luxury automobile was registered there.
The driver of the Bentley, an unidentified businessman of Pakistani origin, who was suspected of allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, led police on a three-hour chase through city streets and four freeways until the driver stopped.
It didn’t end there; surrounded by a dozen squad cars, the suspect held police off for 90 minutes before shooting himself. Police sources said he was taken to a local hospital where he’s listed in grave condition, and he might have been depressed over his business failing.
Although the chase lasted for quite a while, by most pursuit standards this was relatively tame, although still dangerous. Police said the car never exceeded the speed limit.
This was the fifth such pursuit to occur in the Los Angeles area in the past two weeks.