A California middle school teacher suspected of committing a lewd act against a teenager led police in Los Angeles on a wild car chase before smashing his vehicle into a tree.
The incident started around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday outside Kip Arnold’s home in Bell.
Reports say police had Arnold’s home under surveillance while he was being investigated.
As he drove up to his home in his pickup truck around lunch-time on Wednesday, he saw the officers and he told them he was going to kill himself before speeding off.
The chase came to a brief stop in Torrance when an officer performed a PIT maneuver, sending Arnold’s truck spinning into the side of a big rig.
Arnold took off again driving off Crenshaw Boulevard and down an embankment in Rancho Palos Verdes a few moments later. His black truck went airborne and crashed into a tree.
Firefighters extricated Arnold from his vehicle and rushed him to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Authorities said Arnold, a physical education teacher at Southeast Middle School in the Los Angeles Unified School District, was under investigation for a lewd act he committed with a 14-year-old student.
It is believed the incident occurred 7 years ago while Arnold was a physical education coach at Nimitz Middle School.