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High speed Thanksgiving Day police chase ends in crash

The driver crashed the black sedan into a van as he plowed through an intersection. (NBC News Channel)

LOS ANGELES, California - A Thanksgiving Day high speed chase in California ended peacefully, but there were some harrowing moments before it was all over.

LAPD say the driver of a stolen car led them on a high-speed chase Thursday morning from the San Fernando Valley to west LA. Traffic was light, which allowed the driver to hit speeds of 95 miles an hour at times on the freeway.

Just after noon local time, the driver crashed the black sedan into a van as he plowed through an intersection. Both vehicles went into a spin and the driver of the stolen car ran from the scene.

He disappeared from the chopper's sight near a commercial building, then reappeared on a rooftop. The driver cooperated with police as firefighters put up a ladder for him to descend.

Police took him into custody and everybody got back to their Thanksgiving holiday.

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