Vehicle theft suspect dies after falling 160ft from crane in Los Angeles

Vehicle theft suspect dies after falling 160ft from crane in Los Angeles

A man fell to his death on Wednesday at the Port of Los Angeles after he led police on a chase before he climbed a crane where he stripped, danced and did acrobatics during a hours-long standoff, local media reported.

The suspect, wearing a Kobe Bryant jersey, bailed out of the still-rolling vehicle around 6:15 p.m. and climbed a gantry high above the piers and channels on the waterfront where at various times he danced around and lounged on his back before stripping off his clothes.

As he continued evading police, the driver entered a dock at the Port of Los Angeles, driving erratically as he went around in circles trying to make his way out. It included four different police departments as the man weaved into opposite lanes and reached speeds of 90 miles per hour on surface streets. The driver at one point stuck his head out the window and appeared to speak with police officials.

A male suspect in Los Angeles fell or jumped to his death off of a crane after leading police on a pursuit in a stolen vehicle. A SWAT team eventually approached the man and tried to coax him down to safety.

The hourslong standoff took a deadly turn around 9:30 p.m. when the man fell 160 feet off the crane.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Officials said the vehicle, which had paper license plates, was reported stolen from a dealer in San Bernardino.

Police waited below for him for hours, anxious that if they approached he might slip or jump.

Eric Nosser, a salesman at the Subaru dealership the SUV was stolen from, says he steered clear of the man.