California Southeast Middle School teacher Kip Arnold led Los Angeles police officers on a high-speed chase to avoid being arrested on lewd behavior with a student charges. The Los Angeles Times reports that Arnold’s chase resulted in a serious accident after his car “plowed” through a guard rail, went airborne and tumbled of over a steep hill hitting a tree.
According to police report excerpts and interviews published by the LA Times, officers had been “watching” Arnold’s home in Lakewood earlier in the day as a part of an ongoing investigation. Lt. Ty Henshaw notes that Kip Arnold gave chase when Bell Police Department detectives approached his pickup truck shortly after noon. Lt. Henshaw also stated that the teacher yelled “I’m not stopping, I’m suicidal,” when he put his truck in gear and sped away, according to the New York Daily News. Arnold was trapped inside his pickup truck for approximately an hour before firefighters were able to cut him free and transport him to a local hospital.
Arnold attracted the attention of law enforcement officers after a young girl came forward and made a complaint against him late last week. The school district is reportedly cooperating with the investigation since being notified of the allegations of lewd behavior with students surfaced.
The Los Angeles Unified School District physical education teacher was employed by the district for eight years and previously worked at Nimitz Middle School, Gage Middle School and Orchard Academies. School officials told law enforcement officers that there may be more alleged victims of Arnold’s alleged lewd behavior.