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LAUSD teacher suspected of lewd acts leads police on chase before crashing into a tree

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An LAUSD teacher suspected committing lewd acts on children took police on a chase ending with a crash into a tree on Tuesday, July 10, 2012.

A Los Angeles teacher whose name has yet to be disclosed, suspected of committing lewd acts on a child, led police on a car chase through the South Bay before driving his truck off a hill and crashing into a tree Tuesday, the L.A. Times reports.

Detectives had been watching the suspect's Lakewood home as part of an ongoing investigation, the Times reports. Details of the man's crime have yet to be released, though he was employed by the L.A. Unified School District.

The crime occurred "some time ago," Lt. Ty Henshaw of the Bell Police Department told the Times. Authorities had planned to arrest him, but a warrant hadn't been issued yet, Henshaw said.

The suspect reportedly said "I'm not stopping, I'm suicidal," Henshaw told the Times, before putting his vehicle in gear and driving away. He led officers on a chase on the 405, the 10 and Pacific Coast Highway before he took his truck over an embankment in Ranchos Palos Verdes.

The condition of the driver was also not immediately known, according to the Times.

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