A man who led police on a chase from Claremont to Pacoima Monday afternoon wasstill at large more than 24 hours later, a situation that police say represents a sliver of chases that end with the suspect’s successful escape. More often than not, police say, officers eventually take down a pursuit suspect.
About 6 percent of pursuit suspects escape the blaring squad cars, police and media helicopters and, sometimes, K-9 units, according to data that includes all California law enforcement agencies.
In 2010, there were 5,183 pursuits and of those, 341 suspects fled on foot and were not arrested. Out of the 5,508 pursuits in 2011, 348 suspects escaped on foot. According to LAPD, that escape rate is “pretty good.”
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