LAPD Chases Stolen Hearse On South LA Freeway, Recover Casket with Body Inside

A police pursuit with a hearse — which had been stolen with a body inside the night before — ended in a wreck during rush hour Thursday morning on the 110 Freeway in South Los Angeles.

An L.A. County Sheriff’s official confirmed to CBS2 that the crashed 2017 Lincoln Navigator was the same one which was stolen in Pasadena on Wednesday evening. A casket containing a body was found in the crashed vehicle, the sheriff’s department said.

The short pursuit started at 7:43 a.m. near USC, at Exposition Boulevard and Figueroa Street, when someone spotted the stolen Navigator and called 911. Responding Los Angeles police officers gave chase. The pursuit ended within about a minute when the Navigator crashed on the southbound 110 Freeway near the Vernon Avenue exit.

Sky2 footage showed officers surrounding the hearse, which had significant front-end damage. A suspect was taken into custody.

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SOURCE: CBS Los Angeles