Police have arrested a suspect after an early morning police chase ended on Ocean Ave.
The incident began when the Santa Monica Police Department received a call of a carjacking on the 2600 block of Ocean Front Walk at about 7:15 a.m. The victim reported their vehicle was taken by force and that the suspect fled the area.
Officers were able to identify the vehicle near the 400 block of Ashland and a vehicle pursuit began when the suspect attempted to escape in the stolen vehicle.
After a brief chase, the suspect crashed into at least one other vehicle on the 1500 block of Ocean Ave. between Colorado and Broadway. According to SMPD, officers were able to restrain the suspect and make an arrest.
No injuries were reported by the victims or officers. The suspect was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.
The damaged DeLorean, similar to the iconic vehicle from The Back to the Future movies, had to be towed from the scene of the crash causing a section of Ocean to be closed for about an hour. Officers said they did not know why the suspect tried to steal that particular car.
Brian Scott Cottrill, 32, from Oregon, was arrested for carjacking, reckless evading police and an outstanding traffic warrant. Bail was set at $100,000.