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Los Angeles police chase ends in crash, DUI

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If you missed last night's televised freeway chase through South Los Angeles, be sure and watch it here. After a lengthy chase, and a probably totaled police car, 28-year-old Compton resident Michael Mariano was booked on felony DUI. 

According to LAPD Commander Andrew Smith, officers saw Mariano "driving erratically" and tried to pull him over. They chased him for a while, called in a helicopter for overhead pursuit, and eventually caught up with Mariano in Compton--after he crashed into a police car and then tried to flee by foot. 

In the video, you can see officers tackle Mariano and forcibly restrain him. Smith said the incident will be investigated, just like every time officers use force of any kind.

"He certainly put the community in danger by driving like some kind of maniac through the streets of Los Angeles and then into Compton," Smith said, praising the Southeast Division officers who stuck with the suspect. 

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Woman crossing street in Riverside struck and killed by police vehicle

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A Riverside Police cruiser

A 57-year-old woman crossing a street in Riverside was struck and killed Sunday morning by a marked police vehicle, authorities said.

Isabel Pablo was hit in the intersection of Madison Street and Emerald Street at about 7:45 a.m. Sunday, according to a report by the Riverside County Coroner’s Office.

She was transported to Riverside Community Hospital, where she was listed in serious condition, NBC reports. She died that evening, about 12 hours after being struck.

According to a statement issued by the Riverside Police Department, the car was being driven by an on-duty police officer heading north on Madison. The statement also suggests that Pablo was jaywalking when she was hit.

“As the officer approached the intersection at Emerald Street, a female pedestrian attempted to cross, walking west from the east roadway edge of Madison Street,” the statement reads. “The patrol unit collided with the pedestrian, as she walked briskly outside of the crosswalk.”

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Santa Monica veteran police officer becomes city's first female police chief

Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks

Inglewood Police Department

Inglewood Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks will be moving back to Santa Monica to become their top cop. She is Santa Monica's first female police chief.

For 25 years Jacqueline Seabrooks was an officer in the Santa Monica Police Department before she was wooed away by the city of Inglewood to become their Chief of Police. After almost 5 years away, Seabrooks will soon return to Santa Monica to become the beach city's first female top cop.

Seabrooks has been a police officer for most of her adult life. When she was just 19 years old she was one of the youngest officers with the California State Police Division. While on the SMPD, the Los Angeles native assumed many roles over her 25 years: patrol officer, background investigator, training officer, academy drill instructor. She was the department's first female police sergeant (1990), first female lieutenant (1996), and first female captain (2000).

City Manager Rod Gould appointed Seabrooks after a three-month nationwide search. She succeeds Chief Timothy Jackson, who retired.

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