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Man charged with stealing hearse carrying casket in LA

US Stolen Hearse
Posted at 4:28 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 19:49:40-05

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Prosecutors have charged a man suspected of stealing a hearse with a body inside and leading police on a wild chase that ended with a crash on a busy Los Angeles freeway.

James Juarez faces two felony charges. It wasn't immediately known if Juarez — described by prosecutors as a transient — has a lawyer who could comment on his behalf. The 25-year-old was arrested Feb. 27 after the crash, which closed the 110 Freeway during the morning commute.

Authorities found the body undisturbed inside a casket in the back of the black Lincoln Navigator.