WATCH: Pursuit Cuts Through McDonald's Drive-Thru

The wrong-way driver led police into a restaurant parking lot before spinning out on a nearby street

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Thursday, Dec 19, 2013  |  Updated 10:30 AM CDT
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A pursuit wound into a McDonald's drive-through area Wednesday morning in the north San Fernando Valley. Watch raw video from the Wednesday Dec. 18, 2013 pursuit.

A pursuit wound into a McDonald's drive-through area Wednesday morning in the north San Fernando Valley. Watch raw video from the Wednesday Dec. 18, 2013 pursuit.

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Dramatic SoCal Police Pursuits

Southern California is notorious for its police pursuits. Recent months have seen a remarkable assortment of chases, from the infamous "money toss," to the man huffing on colorful balloons as police close in, to the pink-hoodied driver who sprinted from a getaway car while talking on her cell phone. As the moments from eight recent chases captured here illustrate, car chases defy logic and common sense, putting the police and the public at risk.
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A driver was taken into custody Wednesday morning after leading authorities on a pursuit that entered a McDonald's drive-through area in the north San Fernando Valley.

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The pursuit involving a man wanted in connection with a vehicle theft was on surface streets -- at times going against traffic -- in the Panorama City area. The minivan driver cut through traffic to enter a McDonald's parking lot, then squeezed past a sport utility vehicle at the drive-through order window.

The driver returned to surface streets and an officer used a pursuit intervention technique to send the vehicle into a spin. The minivan stopped on the side of a street and the driver ran from the vehicle, running into a nearby patrol vehicle before officers took him into custody.

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