Naked crane climber tumbles seven stories to his death


- A auto theft suspect who climbed a gantry crane at the Port of Los Angeles after driving recklessly through the Carson, Long Beach and San Pedro areas today died after falling from the waterfront structure. This all began as the suspect led officers in a chase in an allegedly stolen vehicle.

At 8 p.m., the standoff continued. 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 23-year-old driver also stuck his head out the window momentarily, apparently exchanging words with sheriff's deputies.

The Los Angeles Police Department received a call about a vehicle being stolen in San Bernardino, police officer Tony Im told local news channel KTLA. The suspect, who is wearing a Lakers jersey, is on top of a crane with no railing to hold on to.

It was not clear whether he jumped or fell.

The man fell about 160 feet to the ground and died about three hours after he first scaled the crane Wednesday night. The man walked around and even danced and hung his head over the edge, as officers below tried to figure out a way to get him down.

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Police spotted the man driving a vehicle reported stolen from a San Bernardino auto dealership.

A freaky police pursuit in Los Angeles had a deadly ending Wednesday night.

A salesman who helped the driver said he was acting erratically and hesitant.

Instead the man found an SUV with the keys in it, got inside and took off.

Port worker Liz Guardado-Nicosia told CBS LA that authorities cordoned off portions of the port and told employees to stay put as they dealt with the man.