Slow police pursuit of tow truck ends in Glendale

Apr 25, 2012, 5:49 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Los Angeles police have identified the tow truck driver who led officers on a slow-speed pursuit on city streets that ended peacefully in Glendale.

Officer Karen Rayner says 31-year-old Ambartsum Sarkisyan surrendered at about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday _ more than two hours after the pursuit began at the scene of a traffic collision in the San Fernando Valley.

Rayner says Sarkisyan got into the truck and drove off, nearly hitting a police officer, when officers asked him for proof that he was the legal operator of the vehicle.

Sarkisyan drove on side streets, at times in stop-and-go traffic talking to onlookers through the passenger side window.

Rayner says Sarkisyan has been booked on assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and is being held on $50,000 bail.

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