Suicidal teacher accused of lewd acts with a child leads police on wild car chase, crashes Los Angeles gym teacher told cops he didn't want to live when they were temporarily able to slow him down, but the crash didn't get him what he wanted. He landed in the hospital.A Los Angeles middle school teacher suspected of committing lewd acts with a child led police on a wild car chase Tuesday that ended in his vehicle flying off the road and smashing into a tree.
Kip Arnold, a physical education teacher at Southeast Middle School in the Los Angeles Unified School District, had been under surveillance by police in the town of Bell, Calif., leading up to his confrontation with authorities, The Associated Press reported. They planned to arrest him when Arnold took off in a black pickup truck.
The police chased after him in a patrol car and were able to stop him once, bumping his truck from behind with their vehicle, forcing him into the side of a big rig.
At that point, there was reportedly a brief exchange in which Arnold told police he wanted to kill himself. He then sped away again.
"He said, I'm not stopping, I'm suicidal,' put the car in gear and drove off," Lt. Ty Henshaw told the Los Angeles Times.
The dramatic chase ended when Arnold seemingly lost control of his car, which then careened through a fence and became airborne before crashing into a thicket of trees below. Arnold was trapped in the truck for roughly an hour before he was removed by firefighters, CBS2 reported, and taken to the hospital on a stretcher.
In a statement, the LAUSD said it had been "notified" of Arnold's arrest "on suspicion of lewd behavior with a former student and possibly additional victims" and was "cooperating with the ongoing investigation."
Police began investigating Arnold after a young girl came forward and filed a complaint against him last week, according to CBS2.
Officials said Arnold had been an employee of the District for eight years and taught at thre
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