Norwalk sheriff’s deputies chased a man in a stolen car early Wednesday, on the wrong side of the 605 Freeway for a period, before he got hung up on a fence while trying to flee on foot in Bellflower and pulled a knife on arresting deputies, authorities said.
Felipe Vasquez, 28 of Norwalk was arrested on suspicion of auto theft, felony evading and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Gary Harman said.
The incident began when a deputy spotted Vasquez driving a stolen car about 9:50 p.m. in the area of Summer Avenue and Gettysburg Drive, Harman said. The driver failed to pull over for the deputy, and a pursuit began.
Vasquez made his to the 605 Freeway in the stolen Honda Accord, where he entered the freeway and headed south in the northbound lanes, the sergeant said. The Honda then made a U-turn and headed back north on the 605 Freeway on the correct side of the road.
Vasquez exited in Bellflower, Harman said, where he ditched the car in the 14500 block of McNab Avenue and continued to flee on foot.
“He attempted to run and got caught up on the top of a fence,” he said. As deputies approached, he pulled a knife on them, but they were able to wrestle him into custody without being injured.
Deputies took Vasquez to a hospital for examination before booking him into jail.
According to county booking records, Vasquez was being held without bail pending his initial appearance in Bellflower Superior Court.